Art: The Great Eye

Most definitions of art are vague, inconclusive. Italian Philosopher Benedetto Croce murmurs abstrusely of "expression." Spanish Philosopher George Santayana distinguishes art as an extension of utilitarian practices into the realm where utility is forgotten and pleasure begins. Thus, a tribal dance pleading for the gift of rain is not art, whereas a ballet, tripped for its own sake, may be. In Manhattan, last week Sculptor George Gray Barnard defined art as the creations of those who possess the "Great Eye."

He explained his principle in telling how spurious ancient sculpture, currently prevalent (TIME,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!