By a gradual abnegation of the ideal, painting has at last reached what is termed the realistic form of art. It is, in fact, more or less imitative. But with the total abnegation of the real, consequent upon the present revolt, painting will again achieve the ideal. This revolt is already strongly marked. So, painting to-day appears in two distinct forms; one expressing the objects of experience as they appear to us, or more important than they really are, the other expressing things apparently out of all relation to actual life. The first of these forms is seen expressing objects realistically, that is imitating their utilitarian character and implying their artistic; the other form is exemplified in the expression of objects from which the utilitarianism has been eliminated till only the essential artistic features remain.
How to cite
Huntly Carter, ‘Art and Drama’, in The New Age, 28 December 1911, p.203, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/camden-town-group/huntly-carter-art-and-drama-r1104250, accessed 25 June 2019.