Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What is Art?

"Luncheon of the Boating Party"

We've asked this question a few times in this blog. Last night while reading "Luncheon of the Boating Party" by Susan Vreeland I came across an interesting definition. "Art is love made visible." Based on what this book has to say about Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and the creation of his masterpiece portraying 14 Parisians enjoying a summer Sunday along the Seine, I'm thinking this is very true. I can't say that the book is exactly a page turner, more of a light and airy puzzle. I've enjoyed following the story of Renoir's trials and tribulations at a critical time in his career, to make this painting come about. Also, for me, I've been obsessed with identifying the models in the painting and have even written their names down on the cover of the book, which is adorned with the painting.

While "love" is a complex verb, I think art is sometimes more than love visualized. Other emotions can be seen clearly in other artists work such as anger, frustration, joy, oppression, freedom, etc. What do you think art is?

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