Perhaps some quotations for thought may delve deeper into the question posed in this blog.

Oscar Wilde said in his novel “The Picture of Dorian Grey”:

  1. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim
  2. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors

Anyway, there is value in perspective. I always retain a perspective as it does put things in context and offers some wisdom in going forward. Art is a kind of perspective. Tolstoy said:

The feelings with which the artist infects others may be most various – very strong or very weak, very important or very insignificant, very bad or very good: feelings of love for one’s own country, self-devotion and submission to fate or to God expressed in a drama, raptures of lovers described in a novel, feelings of voluptuousness expressed in a picture, courage expressed in a triumphal march, merriment evoked by a dance, humor evoked by a funny story, the feeling of quietness transmitted by an evening landscape or by a lullaby, or the feeling of admiration evoked by a beautiful arabesque – it is all art.

Gustav Klimt said:

Whoever wants to know about me as a painter – the only topic of any interest – should study my pictures with care, and try to draw from them what I am and what I am trying to do.

Klimt was part of a movement called the Secessionists. These artists made a search for new relationships to old material, especially Greek myth. The Secessionist motto was “To art its freedom!“. Klimt was particularly concerned with a large theme, the relationship of man to universe. Patterns were one way he used to portray his ideas.

Question for thought: How can patterns be used to make an artistic statement? Patterns themselves are not art, but how the artist arranges them gets closer to an answer I think. And it’s that arrangement that creates the perspective.

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