Origins of Modern Sculpture

Origins of Modern Sculpture

Origins of Modern Sculpture

Origins of Modern Sculpture

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In preparing the following notes, I tried first to find help in books on the history of sculpture and on aesthetics, but I soon discovered that very rarely even an attempt has been made by historians to explain what, in their opinion, constitutes a good piece of sculpture. The philosophers have treated the subject very casually, and often in a manner befitting the time of Lessing's Laocoön rather than our own.

After searching in vain through the literature on the subject, I decided to note down, in a rather haphazard way, observations I had made during my study of old and modern sculpture--without trying to make out of this an aesthetic system, for which I am not qualified.

That interest in the problems of sculpture is great at the present time is proved by the fact that several books on the subject have been published while I worked on mine. When I read these books after I had finished my manuscript, I was astonished to discover in how many different ways a problem can be treated.

Generally these books deal either with modern or with old sculptures --or with modern sculpture and such works of an earlier period as are related to modern art. No attempt has been made, I believe, to find a com-

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