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The craftsman
Vol. VII, No. 5 (February 1905)

Sargent, Irene
Art in the home and the school: a selection from the child-types of Kate Greenaway,   pp. 519-529 PDF (3.5 MB)


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                 FRIEZE FOR A SCHOOL: SUBJECT, "JUNE ROSES"
ART IN THE HOME AND IN THE SCHOOL:
A SELECTION FROM THE CHILD-TYPES OF
KATE GREENAWAY. BY IRENE SARGENT
ONCERNING taste an endless argument may be estab-
lished, and art is infinite in its manifestations. There
is a diversity among the gifts of perception, and not all
persons who are equally endowed and subjected to the
same training, are sensitive to the same combinations of
line aind color, ,udcrment- i nlwnivs n it were_ re-
fracted by temperament. The image of the thing presented to the
eye acquires along its passage to the brain the individuality of the
observer. These differences in taste, certainly accentuated by meth-
ods of education and surroundings, have undiscoverable sources, and
are as strong in childhood as in mature life, although in the first of
these periods they are less logical. So it becomes necessary to those
who would brighten the lives and develop the imagination of chil-
dren by furthering art in the home and in the school, to respect these
differences of taste, or rather of temperament; offering to their
charges a wide diversity of subject and treatment, under the sole re-
strictions that the theme presented be simple, and the treatment tech-
nically good. Age, racial instincts, sectional influences and heredi-
tary culture must be recognized as factors in the problem of presenta-
tion. The sharp outlines, the distinction, the rhythmic composition,
the humor at times verging upon grimness of Boutet de Monvel-all
these qualities which form a whole of great simplicity in the work of
that artist, make instantaneous appeal to such children only as possess
a developed art-sense; while the younger, the slower in perception,
the less subtile in intellect, must be offered a more detailed rendering:
as it were, less of a reduced art-formula from which everything super-
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