Winter 1945 • Vol. VII No. 1 Book Reviews |

Virility and Showmanship

Winslow Homer by Lloyd Goodrich. Published for the Whitney Museum of American Art by Macmillan. $7.50. . . . .surtout la poésie mais jamais exprès . . . . Cézanne. In painting, as in every other art, quality is never intentional. It grows naturally out of the mental and emotional powers of the artist. If he sets out to be poetical or forceful by a mental effort the result will be a make-believe sentiment. The intensity comes from within and the power of concentration, both in intensity and in duration, is the measure of the artist's ability. Whether the painter looks upon the world objectively or subjectively, whether he turns to nature, attempting to present it as he sees it, or whether his ideas are projected in purely abstract design, the keynote of his success in the expression of his ideas always comes back to the measure of intensity with which he has projected them. What is called good taste he may have in abundance and he may have great technical skill, but from

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