What Is Art?

by Leo Tolstoy, Aylmer Maude

During the decades of his world fame as sage & preacher as well as author of War & Peace & Anna Karenina, Tolstoy wrote prolifically in a series of essays & polemics on issues of morality, social justice &religion.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 252 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.67 out of 5
  • Published February 1st 2000 by Replica Books
  • Original Title: What Is Art?
  • ISBN: 0735102937 (ISBN13: 9780735102934)
  • Edition Language: English

During the decades of his world fame as sage & preacher as well as author of War & Peace & Anna Karenina, Tolstoy wrote prolifically in a series of essays & polemics on issues of morality, social justice & religion. These culminated in What is Art?, published in 1898. Although Tolstoy perceived the question of art to be a religious one, he considered & rejected the idea that art reveals & reinvents through beauty. The works of Dante, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Baudelaire & even his own novels are condemned in the course of Tolstoy’s impassioned & iconoclastic redefinition of art as a force for good, for the improvement of humankind.