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What is Art? & Essays on Art by Tolstoy 1930


Title: What is Art? & Essays on Art
Author: Tolstoy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1930
Format: Hardback
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some signs of wear such as minor marking to boards, age spots, tanned pages, name inscription on endpaper.

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Reader's note

This bold and blue, charming little pocket book is a 1930 edition of What is Art? & Essays on Art by Tolstoy. Tolstoy was intensely interested at different times in many different subjects but was always interested in art. To no other topic did he recur so often and over such a long period of years. He tells us that it took him fifteen years to elucidate the ideas expressed in What is Art? the most important of the dozen essays he wrote on the subject; and he considered it the best arranged and best thought-out of all his philosophical works. To expect that we - differing from him in race, upbringing and time - should agree with him in all his likes and dislikes of particular artists, and works, and ideals, is to demand too much; nor did he attach importance to the particular examples he gave, for he remarks that: 'My old, inured habits may cause me to err, and I may mistake for absolute merit the impression a work produced on me in my youth.'