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Camille Saint-SaënsOn Music and Musicians$
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Roger Nichols

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195320169

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320169.001.0001

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Art for Art's Sake

Art for Art's Sake

(“L’art pour l’art”, Ecole Buissonnière, Pierre Lafitte, 1913, 135–140)

(p.12) 2 Art for Art's Sake
Camille Saint-Saëns

Roger Nichols

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the question raised in the conversation between M. de Mun, while talking to M. Henri de Régnier. It holds that in order to avoid immorality, art must be addressed to people who have a feeling for it. Where an artist sees only beautiful forms, the unenlightened will see only nudity. It concludes that just as morality has no call to be artistic, so art has no call to be moral. Both have their functions and are useful in their own way. The aim of morality is morality: the aim of art is art, and nothing else.

Keywords:   M. de Mun, art, Henri de Régnier, morality, immorality

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