The Essentials of Aesthetics in Music, Poetry, Painting, Sculpture and Architecture

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CHAPTER III. ARTISTIC MENTAL ACTION, AS DISTINGUISHED FROM THAT IN RELIGION AND SCIENCE.

That which is Expressed in Art -- The Play-Impulse as Described by Schiller, Spencer, Brown -- Relation of the Art-Impulse to Excess of Life- Force and to Imitation -- To Spiritual Force -- To Inspiration -- The Conscious and Subconscious Spheres of Mind; Memory -- Hypnotism -- Trained Automatic Skill -- Subconscious Mathematical, Logical, and Musical Proficiency -- Religious Inspiration, Scientific Investigation, and Artistic Imagination -- Differences between Religion and Art -- Art Can Influence for Good Religious Thought and Life -- Differences between Science and Art -- The Main Work of Science Conducted in the Conscious Mental Region; that of Art Equally in the Subconscious -- Illustrations -- The Man of Imagination and of None -- Subconscious Mental and Imaginative Action is not Irrational, though it is Rapid and Emotional -- Connection between Artistic Mental Action and Temperament -- Artists are Men of Sentiment.

CERTAIN limitations of the sights and sounds that can be used in the arts of the highest rank -- termed by the French Les Beaux Arts -- were considered in the chapter just closed. Let us now consider certain limitations of the thoughts and emotions that can be expressed through such arts. A moment's thought will reveal to us that these thoughts and emotions when exercised, in accordance with what was said on page 6, for a useful and therefore, a non-æsthetic end are usually such as are fitted to meet some external emergency; whereas thoughts and emotions exercised for an æsthetic and,

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