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Progress of Art, in the Century

Excerpt from Progress of Art, in the Century The original scheme of this book was to narrate the development of the arts in the nineteenth century, if possible, organically and proportionately. But after this scheme was prepared, and some of the book done, I found it advisable to relinquish an intention that could not be realised adequately without making this volume simply an uninteresting textbook of statistics. It seemed to me wiser to embody much of what might be said sectionally in one long preliminary part - for Art does not grow this way in England or America, or that way in France or Germany or Holland, but is continually and inevitably interrelated. Thus, in treating at great length of the many phases of British Art, since Gainsborough's death and the appearance of Constable and Turner, to the Impressionists of to-day, I have really treated of the phases of modern art in America, in France, in all Europe. To write the history of modern French Art one would have to begin with Constable. All that is greatest in contemporary art derives from this great English master. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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