Art and Understanding

Margaret Hattersley Bulley, Art and Understanding, Londres, B.T. Batsford, 1937, p. 129.

228 and 23O illustrate « the spirit of the age » in relation to interior furnishing and show that this « spirit » affords no clue to aesthetic worth. Each of these rooms bears the mark of a period. Each is the expression of a distinct style or temper of mind. Whether or not we should care to live in either is another matter. But the modern furnishing hold a promise for the future which the excesses of the earlier room couls never have held except in a negative sense, as a cause for reaction. 229. and the illustration which precedes it reflet the desire to begin again from the beginning which is a sign of our times. The animated diagram by Picasso, who exercises his great gift in many and strange ways, and the inanimate furnishings, may both appear, at first, to be simple. But actually they are the outcome of extreme sophistication. The style of fifty years earlier reminds us of the incrustations of a caddis worm.