art and artists of indiana

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AUTHORS NOTE THE appreciation of art in Indiana has made a splendid growth within the Iast decade. It has been encouraged and fostered by the womens clubs studying art, and by the Indiana Artists Traveling Exhibition, which has been sent out annually by the Art Committee of the Indiana Federation of Clubs. This has made an exhibit of original art possible in the large cities, as well as in the smaIIer villages of the state. The intelligent instruction in art given in the public schools is rapidly creating a definite, discriminating taste and enjoyment for better decoration, pictures of worth, and architecture of intrinsic value. It is our privilege to be the custodian in our time of the heritage of those who are to come. The art of Indiana, for years was very meager, but the future art promises to rank with that of the best. A New York art critic recently said The art and artists of Indiana lead all other states in number and quality of production. The lack of perspective, and the connecting link of the ever-present, renders the writing of history difticult. To retrace the steps and be accurate at the close of the first century is not easy. The present work is the gathering together of material that will be helpful to the future historian, of things accomplished by the artists who have lived and hoped and struggled in Indiana. In the one hundred years that have passed, art has played a minor part. There have been few permanent records made to which to turn for assistance. There may be mistakes and omissions, but we have endeavored to include in the Who Is Who all artists who hare been connected with the state. No attempt has been made to give a critical analysis of motifs or technique. The artists of Indiana belong to the future, not to the past. Time will prove the value of their work, and coming generations may condemn or approve. To read the biography of an artist or a catalogue of his pictures is not art. To read this book is scarcely to understand our artists work better. By their works we shall know them. When one owns one or more of an artists paintings, there begins to develop an understanding and a revelation of that deeper beauty and fuller harmony that comes to the artist as he has expressed a part of himself in his canvas. To have a discriminating understanding of a single picture leads to a higher appreciation and application of many things esthetic. Let us make our acknowledgment to the beauty and art of our environment. Let us be fair- minded critics, and learn to comprehend the work of our artists, rising above the trite comment, I know what I like. The real artist sees with his imagination, drinks in the harmonies of nature, and is the greater for expressing the beauty of our own Hoosier state, uninfluenced by the stereotyped trend of the masses. Intelligent appreciation on the part of the public is the prime requisite for superior creation on the part of the artist. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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