Jul 30, 2020 - Sale 2543

Sale 2543 - Lot 199

Price Realized: $ 2,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
"REALISM [IS] AN AID TO MORALS IF IT IS INTERWOVEN WITH THE ARTISTIC ELEMENT" RUSKIN, JOHN. Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, a presumably complete and untitled essay on realism in art and its relation to morals. 12 pages, 8vo, written on 3 folded leaves, stitched together at vertical fold; faint scattered soiling. Np, [17 January 1882?]

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"Realism in any work of art . . . is by no means a modern attribute. We find it in the paintings of Raphael just as unmistakably as in those [of] Meissonier or Duran; . . . in 'Hamlet' and in 'Adam Bede.' . . .
". . . [W]e may regard realism as an aid to morals if it is interwoven with the artistic element. If unaccompanied by this, realism in fiction can never lead to the highest creations of genius, may frequently be pernicious, and will probably often be dull."
Does not appear in the Works of John Ruskin, ed. Cook and Wedderburn (Cambridge, 1903-12).