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Friday, June 10, 2011

What is Art? John Barron's definition

Written in 1967, John N. Barron's Language of Painting Dictionary is one of my recent finds in the used bookstores.  It is geared to the painter, and reads more like a book than a dictionary.  He says,

"Art is not an imitation of reality, but evidence of its discovery."  And, "In a sense, art is actually a by-product or record of the artist's activity in a state of awareness of, and receptivity to, those interrelationships between the world around him and his own inner world."

"[A painter] tries to express his emotional reaction to life, not describe it."

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