Malé versus velké aneb umělcova touha
Klein versus groSS oder das Verlangen des Künstlers
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The main theme of this contribution is the question whether artists were inspired by so‑called ‘small arts’ or ‘grand arts’ respectively ‘fine arts’. All of this is related to the fundamental distinction among ‘applied arts’ respectively crafts and ‘fine arts’. Subsequently the usefulness of arts is examined. In particular, the artworks of the sculptor Bohuslav Schnirch, whose sources of inspiration are analysed, could be held up as an example of the inclination to ‘grand arts’. Similarly Hugo Demartini’s affection towards ‘ancient arts’ in the 20th century is expressed by his own words.
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