This extract is taken from the novel “Art for Heart's sake” by Reuben Lucius Goldberg (1883-1970). Famed American cartoonist, sculptor, engineer, inventor, author and composer, educated at the University of California with a BS degree. He was born in San Francisco. Goldberg is best known for a series of popular cartoons he created depicting complex devices that perform simple tasks in indirect way. Rube Goldberg began practicing his art skills at the age of four when he traced illustrations from the humorous book History of the United States.
He authored the books “Foolish Questions”, “Chasing the Blues”, “Is There a Doctor In the House?”, “Soup to Nuts”, "Post-War World" and “I made My Bed” Art for Heart's sake is about the old man Collis P. Ellsworth who has troubles with his health when his financial contribution end in failure. In order to find for him a new interest Doctor Caswell offers him to take up painting, just for pleasure. Doctor Caswell recommend him the young man – Frank Swain, the student of the Atlantic Art Institute. Next afternoon they immediately began to engage in drawing. Their classes were held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Due to the new hobby of the old man, the treatment was working perfectly. Ellsworth and Swain visited the Metropolitan, the Museum of Modern Art and other exhibits, where the old man displayed an insatiable curiosity and he expressed a desire to participate in the competition galleries. And it was a great surprise when Ellsworth’s awful painting was not only accepted for the Show at the Lathrop Gallery, but took the First Prize! At the end of the story the protagonist says that art is nothing, that he bought the Lathrop Gallery, what surely is unexpectedly. The plot of the story under discussion is intricate. The