Eugène-Melchior de Vogüé
French diplomat, orientalist, travel writer, archaeologist, philanthropist and literary critic (1848-1910)
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- Classic art was like a king who has the right to govern, punish, reward, and choose his favorites from an aristocracy, obliging them to adopt conventional rules as to manners, morals, and modes of speech. The new art tries to imitate nature in its unconsciousness, its moral indifference.
- All contemporary forms of art have secret bonds in common.
- Let us not expect Russia to do what she is incapable of, to restrict herself within certain limits, to concentrate her attention upon one point, or bring her conception of life down to one doctrine. Her literary productions must reflect the moral chaos which she is passing through.