The Art Spirit

The Art Spirit

Robert Henri

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0465002633

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Embodying the entire system of Robert Henri’s teaching, The Art Spirit contains much valuable advice, critical comment, and inspiration to every student of the arts.

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THE ART SPIRIT Robert Henri (1865–1929) THE ART SPIRIT Robert Henri Notes, Articles, Fragments of Letters and Talks to Students, Bearing on the Concept and Technique of Picture Making, the Study of Art Generally, and on Appreciation. Copyright 1923 by J. B. Lippincott Company. Copyright renewed 1951 by Violet Organ. Introduction copyright 1930 by J. B. Lippincott Company. Copyright renewed 1958 by Forbes Watson. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of

whatever may be their interest in accredited old masters, they have, equally with the artists, their part to play in the development and the progress of art in our own time and place—that they, too, should enter the struggle for today’s expression, lending a full support by purchasing the works of the strugglers and searchers of our day and risking many mistakes in their purchases, just as the artists are risking many mistakes in their efforts—it would be of public benefit. To have art in

an outside experience, useful to us in our own constructions. The wisdom and the mistakes of the past are ours to build on, and the picture painted yesterday, now hanging on the wall, is already of the past and is a part of our heritage. I regard the battlers for ideas and the builders of new roads with enthusiasm and reverence. Their works (the record of their struggles and findings) are things to watch and to cherish. This is the way I feel about the works of serious men whether they be of the

nature—therefore the painter’s technique. There can be no delight in considering a technique that is without motive. The simplest form is perhaps that of the juggler. Whether he catches the balls in his hands or not, the balls go up into the air, perform perfectly natural curves and fall according to the laws of nature. Whether he catches them or not what the balls do is equally beautiful. But the motive is to catch the balls, and the marvel is in the manifestation and the achievement of the

idea that things are dead or inert is a convention. I am not particular how you take this, scientifically or otherwise, my simple motive is to make such suggestions as will bring strongly to mind the thought that the student in the school or the artist in the studio must be in a highly sensitive and receptive mood, that negligence is not a characteristic of the artist, that he must not bind himself with preconceived ideas, must keep himself free in the attitude of attention, for he can never be

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