Herbert Read Quote

Art is not and never has been subordinate to moral values. Moral values are social values; aesthetic values are human values. Morality seeks to restrain the feelings; art seeks to define them by externalizing them, by giving them significant form. Morality has only one aim - the ideal good; art has quite another aim - the objective truth... art never changes.


The Grass Roots of Art: Lectures on the Social Aspects of Art in an Industrial Age (ed. 1955)

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Art is not and never has been subordinate to moral values. Moral values are social values; aesthetic values are human values. Morality seeks to...

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Art is not and never has been subordinate to moral values. Moral values are social values; aesthetic values are human values. Morality seeks to...

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Art is not and never has been subordinate to moral values. Moral values are social values; aesthetic values are human values. Morality seeks to...

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Art is not and never has been subordinate to moral values. Moral values are social values; aesthetic values are human values. Morality seeks to...