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Gloom and solemnity are entirely out of place in even the most rigorous study of an art originally intended to make glad the heart of man.
But the one thing you should not do is suppose that when something is wrong with the arts, it is wrong with the arts only.
Humanity is the rich effuvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.
If a patron buys from an artist who needs money (needs money to buy tools, time, food), the patron then makes himself equal to the artist; he is building art into the world; he creates.
For three years, out of key with his time,
He strove to resuscitate the dead art Of poetry; to maintain "the sublime"
In the old sense. Wrong from the start —
No, hardly, but seeing he had been born In a half savage country, out of date.
The history of an art is the history of master-work, not of failures, or mediocrity.
The art of letters will come to an end before A. D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity.
I once saw a small child go to an electric light switch as say, Mamma, can I open the light? She was using the age-old language of exploration, the language of art.
The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.
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