Notes from the Art Section of a Library: With Hints on Selection and Buying

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A. L. A. Publishing Board, 1905 - Art libraries - 22 pages
 

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Page 2 - 05. ALA pub. board. The main objects of the art section are "(1) to recreate, rest, please; (2 to instruct, enlighten, satisfy the desire for knowledge; (3) to improve, elevate, morally and spiritually; (4) to Inspire, vitalize." As a guide to selection you must "ascertain whether your public has any definite art character, any knowledge of art. any traditions of art study and taste.
Page 6 - Mr Whistler's art has educated the younger generation to a new perception of beauty. In his wonderful nocturnes he has fixed on canvas the blue transparent darkness of the night as it envelops the city and is reflected in the gas-lit river — the darkness through which you descry the dim forms of tall bridges and phantom boats, of illusive spires and dream-like palaces.
Page 22 - But for the rest it is not necessary to exclude Murillo's and Raphael's madonnas for ! fear of shocking protestants and Hebrews, representations of heathen gods as offensive to Christians, war pictures as painful to advocates of peace, or the modest nude for fear of I Anthony Comstock.
Page 22 - ... not sympathize with, and for the young it is not altogether the best preparation for life to close their eyes or to have them bandaged.

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