Composed of the Clark Lectures given at Cambridge University in 1956, this is an examination, from personal experience, of the ""relation of the artist with the world as it seems to him and to see what he does with it"" -- with the artist's intuition and the work of art. Considered are the differences between intuition and the sense of discovery in the child and the artist; the education of the artist; the problem of the original artist seeking a new form for his expression; the methods of the masters, in painting, the novel, architecture; the role of the reader. The philosophies of art are discussed -- whether art is, in Croce's view, simple intuition or whether art should have a moral end, that is, have a meaning beyond itself. Written in a deceptively simple style, the book covers a vast area, suggests, but does not insist upon, definitions; pitched in a tone of understatement, this has a quiet, modest persuasiveness. For the above average reader, concerned with the theories of literature.