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2. That the work of art may be readable; the beholder glance, and may i. , grasp the ensemble at the so receive that first a strong impression. In taking up the discussion of the first of these two reasons, we may begin with the premise drawn 1. from an earlier page of this volume Since the better works of art, transmitting the nobler emotions, are proved by their ability to reach men of all, of widely : differing classes, many of whom are unacquainted with the intricacies and complications of our modern social machine, a truly broad, grand work of art can not rely for success upon details understood only by men of one class Tolstoi in his He ject.
Never allow the hope of tickling the visual palate of "the public, never let the better hope of beautifying our American cities, betray you into an architectural expression, out of keeping with your program. In that case, you will have no more success than the spinster, whose young charms borrowed from the hair dresser and rouge pot do little to protect her from the sneers of kind friends. But let us take another example. The building is to be a commemorative monument for a great man. Then let everything give way to such an exHere strength must be personified in pression.
In a composition, say, of a picture, or of the fagade of a building, if there is a medley of lines all different directions the eye in following tracted and worried; it seeks to find a the maze, but is continually balked • See them is dis- way through and turned aside. Lehman's " Die Hauptgesetze dea Menschlichen Gef uhla- lebens," Leipzig, Eeisland, 1892, p. 156. t G. running in Baldwin Brown, " Fine Arts," p. 191. A DISCITSSrON OF COMPOSITION. " Whether or not the physiological or psychological The same is ; theory just stated we enjoyment, aesthetic explain is sufficient to must, at least, all acknowledge and may pass the aptness of the example; kinds of to an in- how clearness is to be obtained.