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(1869–1948). Art critic. An influential spokesman for art during more than half a century, he remained loyal to the aesthetic principles of his youth, maintaining a high regard for tradition, masterful technique, and idealistic expression. Although intrigued by aspects of experimental art in early decades of the twentieth century, by the 1920s he had become an implacable foe of modernism. Born in Brooklyn, he remained a lifelong New Yorker. In his youth he apprenticed at the architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White. At twenty he became a full-time writer for the New York Commercial Advertiser. After two years there he was appointed to the influential post of art editor at the New York Tribune (later Herald Tribune). In 1944, fifty-three years later, he retired because of ill health. He also wrote magazine articles and published several collections of essays on art, including Art and Common Sense (1913), American Artists (1923), and Personalities in Art (1925). In addition, he wrote monographs on Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John La Farge, and others, as well as a few volumes devoted to non-art subjects.

From The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Art.

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