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The subject is one which has been much neglected throughout the States, even by those who derive the most benefit and pleasure from the productions of art. This lack of interest is due in great part to ignorance and prejudice, which the good public will gladly do away with if it may be' made apparent, together with a means of relief. We take a national pride in the perfection of that which comes in competi tion with the productions of Europe. Strangely, in the arts of painting and sculp ture, that most of all display the direct power of man's mind and hand, there is less interest and enthusiasm on the part of the public than in any other production. Doubtless art depends upon justice for success. But the public is not always just. Not that it is in the heart of man to abuse willingly, but that unintentionally many hinderances are placed in the way of art-progress, and much injustice done. The most comprehensive view of a landscape, a day, or a lifetime, is a retrospective new. If the signs of the times be true, that the love of art is waxing strong in the States, a glance backward, before too many steps are taken, may be of great value in scour ing a progress which shall be warned by the failures of the past, advised by the experi ments, encouraged and directed by the successes. We can more easily recognize and denounce injustice and prejudice when we see them in history than when they become a part of daily life and common custom. Cause and effect are then more clearly defined in their relationship: Just now is a time of unusual enthusiasm, a season of art-revival, such as in former days preluded the advent of men like Apelles and Angelo. There will be grand results in the United States outgrowing from this and that State to set herself most systematically and emphatically to the task of taking the tide at its full ﬂood will be the first to be led on to fortune.
A local history of art, which, as in the case of Connecticut, covers but little over a century, cannot well be more or less than a biographical record of artists who have borne their part. Upon this conclusion such sketches have been carefully prepared. A few important facts are culled from former publications but it has been possible to gather many personal recollections concerning almost every artist, and the greater part of each history given hereafter will be formed from entirely new matter. Every living artist has been consulted, either personally or by letter; the former being the case with a very large majority. If any thing in the coming papers shall prove of value, it is due to the fact that hardly an artist who has been consulted has expressed an unwillingness to assist in the preparation of the work; and, without exception, those whose names do most honor the history of art in Connecticut have been in equal ratio most ready to facilitate the collection of information. In a great variety of ways, from the abundant resources thrown Open by artists and their friends, the facts, criticisms, and details have been obtained.
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bound: 232 pages
publisher: Forgotten Books (May 11, 2017)
isbn: 1331980054, 978-1331980056,
weight: 11.2 ounces (