…on art which begets art

As an Artist, I discern this pleasing cycle often (I have even been so favoured as to find myself existing within it: both as the inspirer and the devotee or fancier, if you will); notwithstanding, it is so natural a circumstance so as to pass almost unobserved; and certainly unspecified and unexpressed.  I; however, am consonant with this interconnection; art is both a source of and an impetus for genuine human emotion; both for the creator and the beholder; its reach, catharsis and influence can never be overstated.

Art oft inspires homage; which is to be misconstrued neither with imitation, which is suicide, nor envy, which is ignorance; rather when sculpture inspirits poetry, when poetry excites song, when song arouses painting.

When beauty begets beauty:

“Art should exhilarate, and throw down the walls of circumstance on every side, awakening in the beholder the same sense of universal relation and power which the work evinced in the artist, and its highest effect is to make new artists.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Art

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Michelangelo Buonarroti, “Study: A Youthful Head”

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2 thoughts on “…on art which begets art

  1. The masterpiece whether it is a song, painting, or poem is validation of the soul connection between the artist and the beholder. This connection can be a brief moment, a day, or a lifetime but it serves as a creative bond that inspires not necessarily in the specific art form that the artist portrayed but it can take on another in the beholder. Regardless, Emerson truly understood and so beautifully expressed in his writings this special connection among people (souls). You have recognized this special purpose. Not only have you inspired me with your intellect by the words as you so wonderfully written above, but also in your drawings and love of music. I am so deeply grateful for not only this but also your friendship. xoxo

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    • Doreen, you see it because you are a part of it; the wondrous cycle; you are both a primary and a new Artist, with a capacity for the written word and all of the emotions it brings with it, and using it, you have expressed yourself so eloquently. xxxx

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