Austin O. Spare - A Book Of Satyrs

Austin O. Spare - A Book Of Satyrs

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The field of black and white art has been generously extended since that golden period in
the "eighties" when Walker and Pinwell and Millais wrought their quiet designs, although
their olden delicacy of interpretation (for us almost wholly in the hands of Clemance
Housman) can still claim charms which our more facile method can never attain. For
every such accomplished craft is the companion of an aristocracy of art, even if it is
compelled to prayer and fasting before serving fittingly the high expression which is
exhaustive of every resource; but it shares, on the other hand, with commoner orders of
art its own eloquence and dignity. Thus all advantages we now possess of rapid, literal,
and cheap reproduction open the way to an easier acceptance of art which is habited with
more grace than profundity, more fancy than imagination, and inclines us to postpone
indefinitely what is only acquired at more pain and cost.