Spring 1939 • Vol. I No. 2 NonfictionApril 1, 1939 |

New Forces in American Art

- "Daniel Boone Leading His Men into Kentucky," a mural by Ward Lockwood in the Court House at Lexington. (Courtesy of the Treasury Department Art Projects.)   If society were suddenly empowered to establish arbitrarily its own conception of the perfect conditions for the encouragement and production of art, it might easily end by killing art. On the other hand, if society were determined to have none of art, it probably would not succeed in killing art. Obstinate spirits would paint in caves or carve the stocks of their guns. Something they would do to give vent to the creative impulse that is in every man, the impulse to express in images, the impulse from which art springs. This impulse can be hindered, thwarted, or made abortive by sufficiently unsympathetic social conditions, but the impulse has survived many wars and desperate odds so that it is by no means the hothouse plant that the art sentimentalists conceive it to be. Strong as it is in the face of its enemies,

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