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The new path
Vol. I, No. 1 (May 1863)

Association for the Advancement of Truth in Art,   pp. 11-12

Page 12

12     Association for the Advancement of Truth in Art.
and faithful study of Nature for its
decoration.  It affords the  widest
possible field for every decorative Art,
for Sculpture of natural forms, for
Painting of every noble kind, for the
rendering of noble forms and colors
in glass-painting, mosaic, metal-work-
ing, pottery and furniture; and it is
based upon a system of building more
nearly than any other that which we
at present need.   The exact repro-
duction of medevd    work is ony
desirable so far as it may befnecessary
to regain the lost knowledge of the
vital -principles that controlled it.
Out of the careful study and applica-
tion of these principles, a true and
perfect Architecture is sure to arise,
adapted to all our wants, and affording
the most ample field possible for the
display of our artistic power.
"We hold that the revival of Art in
our own time, of wlhich the principal
manifestations have been in England,
s fijll of promise for the future and
consolation tor the present. That the
Pre-Raphaelite school is founded on
principles of eternal truth. That the
efforts for the restoration of the so-
called Gothic Art, have been, in the
main, well directed.  That the hope
for true Art in the future is in the
complete and permanent success of this
great reformation."
The second Article, after stating that
the objects in forming the Association
are to secure encouragement and
mutual instruction, to assist meritori-
ous artists who may need help, to
develop latent artistic ability, especial-
ly among the class of mechanics, and
to educate the public to a better
understanding of the representative
Arts, goes on to say that, to secure
these objects they propose, as they have
means, and opportunity shall serve:
First, to hold meetings at which
papers shall be read on matters con-
nected with Art, and at which
members may exhibit their works and
indulge in such free discussion and
criticism as shall tend to their mutual
advantage.  Also for the discussion,
formal or infornial, of Art subjects,
and for remarks by the members con-
cerning matters of observation, expe-
rience, reading or thought, which they
may think noteworthy.
They propose, secondly to buy works
of Art which they may approve, and
to give commissions to deserving and
faithful students for truthful studies
from Nature. Also to assist pecuniari-
ly young men of promise who may
show a desire to study Art rightly.
Thirdly, to offer prizes for open
competition in the arts of Drawing and
Painting, Sculpture and Architecture;
and in the various branches of orna-
mental manufacture and design.
Fourthly, to conduct or assist public
exhibitions of naturalistic Art.
Fifthly, to conduct public lectures,
whether by members of the Associa-
tion, or by, persons invited for the
purpose, and
Sixthly, to conduct a journal or
magazine for general circulation, con-
taining critical notices and essays,
with any matter that may tend to
advance the cause, and affording the
Association a convenient inedium for
such appeals to the public as it may be
expedient to make.
The remainder of the Articles relate
mainly to the details of the organiza-
tion which are of little or no interest
to the public. Among other things
they maintain that in order to keep up
a high standard of excellence in the
work of its members, the Association
assumes authority to criticise such
works, and the members agree to as-
sent to such criticism.
Since the meeting at which the Ar-
ticles were adopted was held, the
Association has met regularly, and has
already entered into the performance
of those duties to which they stand
This, the first number of THE NEW
PATH will tell its own story. It will be
sustained by individual effort as long as
power remains to do so, but should the
public assist -it by generous patronage
it may yet be able to accomplish even
more than its projectors ever imagined.
THE NEW PATH will be issned monthly. The Subscription price will be one dollar
a year.
Subscriptions will be received by any of the members or by the editor. Single
copies are ten Cents,
and can be had of members or at the rooms of the Association, 32 Waverly
Place, New York.
All crmmunications to be addressed to CLARENCE COOK, Editor, 97 East 29th
St., New York.

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