The Graphic Arts: Modern Man and Modern Methods

The Graphic Arts: Modern Man and Modern Methods

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The Graphic Arts: Modern Man and Modern Methods

The Graphic Arts: Modern Man and Modern Methods

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This volume is a report in shorthand of the Scammon Lectures as I gave them at the Chicago Art Institute, April, 1920. If, therefore, the book seems to be talked instead of written, it is what I want, what I said, what I have learned, what I believe. It was inevitable, however, by this method, that there should be repetitions, and references to subjects and slides shown at the lectures which do not appear in the pages. I have referred to this in the Introduction, and also said that I wished to make the book in this fashion. I have done so. It is myself. And though talked in six hours, it has taken sixty years to get together. I hope students may be induced to believe as I do-- for I know if they do, they will not be led astray, as they often are, by blatant bellowings, by mechanical makeshifts, by the false prophets shrieking that anyone can be an artist, especially if he attend a correspondence college or a get-rich-quick school run by these prophets or their friends; and people who tell you that art can exist without craft--handicraft-- and the most skilled craft, are false prophets.

I hope that the book may lead students back to the straight, hard, and narrow path from which in these last years they have so sadly strayed. I hope that it may prove to them that the Graphic Arts are as serious as any of the other arts. I hope that it may show them or point out to them the masterpieces of the Graphic Arts, and that without work, belief, and knowledge we can do nothing, despite the difficulty-dodgers of this artless, aimless, shiftless age, who are the curse of the age, the hope of the lazy and the unfit, who look to art for an easy living, not as a most difficult profession.

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