Monday, March 28, 2022

First Paragraph

 Wearing a black silk cravat, knotted bohemian-style around his neck and flowing voluminously over his ample chest, the lecturer confidently, almost brazenly, strode to the front of the Washington School auditorium in Madison, Wisconsin, to deliver his speech on the history of art. He spent a few minutes knowledgeably discussing the Paleolithic cave paintings of Altamira, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Doric temple, the Mournings of Giotto. Then, abruptly, he launched into a violent attack on the school's system of teaching art, which, he felt, stifled creativity and self-expression by insisting that the students limit themselves to copying rather than inventing.

- From Citizen Welles by Frank Brady

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