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CHAPTER IV THE WORLD OF ART Science gives us only the skeleton of a
world. Its laws are after all only bones; in themselves devoid of
life and beauty; yet the indispensable framework of the living
flesh and breathing beauty of the organic whole. Art, on the, other
hand, gives us the warm tints of the flesh; the graceful outlines
of the form; "the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge; the
impassioned expression which is in the countenance of all Science."
The world of Art is the world of significant expression. Science
abstracts from the living texture of facts and events the universal
principles which are common to them all. Experiment and inference
are the hook and line by which Science fishes the dry formulas out
of the fluid facts. Art, on the contrary, puts into selected facts
thoughts and imaginations of the mind. Science is analytic. Art is
synthetic. Instead of fishing out what Nature has put into the
stream of life, Art undertakes to stock the stream with choice
specimens of her own breeding and selection. Art is dependent on
Science, inasmuch as it is impossible to put together what has not
first been broken apart; yet Art is the nobler of the two, inasmuch
as to create is greater than to dissect. Science deals with
essential elements; Art presents characteristic wholes. Science by
the aid of imagination and reason extends the world of
sense-perception through its concepts and hypotheses and laws until
it is vast enough to draw general conclusions from. Art, on the
contrary, seizes and constrains, limits and confines imagination,
until its ideals are precise and definite enough to be embodied
within the hard and fast limits of the world of sense. Science
brings facts of sense-perception under concepts and laws. Art
expresses ideals and principles in terms...
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