For these treasures, and everything that he collected in his lovely house, were to be to him means of forgetfulness, modes
by which he could escape, for a season, from the fear that seemed to him at times to be almost too great to be borne.
It represents to them a mode of Individualism, an assertion on the part of the artist that he selects his own subject, and treats it as he chooses.
For what is morbidity but a mood of emotion or a mode of thought that one cannot express?
However, let us leave what is really a very sordid side of the subject, and return to the question of popular control in the matter of Art, by which I mean Public Opinion dictating to the artist the form which he is to use, the mode in which he is to use it, and the materials with which he is to work.
It is the perfection that is inherent in every mode of life, and towards which every mode of life quickens.
All sympathy is fine, but sympathy with suffering is the least fine mode.
Upon the other hand, the terrible truth that pain is a mode through which man may realise himself exercises a wonderful fascination over the world.
It was necessary that pain should be put forward as a mode of self- realisation.
by creating the modern state, destroyed the individualism of the artist, and made things monstrous in their monotony of repetition, and contemptible in their conformity to rule, and destroyed throughout all France all those fine freedoms of expression that had made tradition new in beauty, and new modes one with antique form.
Of all the ingenious modes
of torture that have ever been invented, that of solitary confinement is probably the most cruel--the mind feeding on itself with the rapacity of a cormorant, when the conscience quickens its activity and feeds its longings.
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