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The necessity of art

Author: A Clutton-BrockPercy DearmerA S Duncan-JonesMalcolm SpencerAlfred W PollardAll authors
Publisher: London : Student Christian Movement, 1924.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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There is in the world to-day a conviction of sin about art. People realize more every year that the badness of our architecture, decoration, music, drama, which has been our legacy from the immediate past, is an offense against the highest that is in us; they are discarding both the bleak indifference of our puritan tradition and the decadent hedonism which was a reaction against it : everywhere in all the arts  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Necessity of art.
London, Student Christian movement, 1924
(OCoLC)608628387
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A Clutton-Brock; Percy Dearmer; A S Duncan-Jones; Malcolm Spencer; Alfred W Pollard; John Middleton Murry
OCLC Number: 910757
Description: vii, 181 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Art and the escape from banality / A. Clutton Brock --
Christianity and art / Percy Dearmer --
The art of movement / A. S. Duncan-Jones --
The Puritan objection to art / Malcolm Spencer --
The artist and the saint / Alfred W. Pollard --
Literature and religion / J. Middleton Murry --
The doctrine of values / Percy Dearmer.
Responsibility: by A. Clutton Brock [and others].

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There is in the world to-day a conviction of sin about art. People realize more every year that the badness of our architecture, decoration, music, drama, which has been our legacy from the immediate past, is an offense against the highest that is in us; they are discarding both the bleak indifference of our puritan tradition and the decadent hedonism which was a reaction against it : everywhere in all the arts there is improvement a return to sincerity, simplicity, beauty; and the improvement is due to the growing conviction of the high seriousness of art. We are less tempted to regard the arts because of their delightfulness as a mere pastime; we are discovering that in them we touch the eternal world that art is in fact religious. The object of art is not to give pleasure, as our fathers assumed, but to express the highest spiritual realities. Art is not only delightful : it is necessary.

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