Studio: international art — 19.1900

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THE ART OF J. S. SARGENT, R. A. be difficult to induce many people to accept.
PART I. BY A. L. BALDRY. But is undeniable that in the United States

there is growing up rapidly an art movement of
There has been long in existence a a very vigorous kind, and that not only intelli-
tradition that it is only from nations of gent collectors of art examples, but also artists
respectable antiquity that the manifestation of any- of quite exceptional power are being produced
tiling like a definite incli-
nation towards aestheticism
is to be expected. The
slow maturing of centuries
is supposed to be neces-
sary to call into existence
the particular condition of
thought that encourages
artistic effort and makes
possible the appearance
of the artist among the
other busy workers who
are labouring to advance
the national interests.
Indeed, some theorists do
not hesitate to say that the
people whose art taste is
highly developed, and the
country which produces
artists of notable capacity,
must be regarded as
having reached the furthest
limit of progress. /Kstheti-
cism, according to this
argument, is a signal of
coming decadence, and the
more obvious its effects,
and the more perfect its
manifestation, the nearer at
hand the national degenera-
tion may be assumed to be.

Yet against such theories
it is possible to quote the
example of America. To
say that the newest nation
in the world is already in
sight of its decadence would
be a little too sweeping
an assertion to be quite
credible, one that it would portrait of Coventry patmore, esquire by j. s. sargent, r.a.

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