an illusion created by an imaginative artist.
“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist,” said Oscar Wilde, one of the few writers who philosophized about art.
In fact, by drilling deep into what art is, Wilde has contributed more to art than many artists.
The most important point that emerges from this quote is that imagination and courage the two important characteristics that are common in artists who became great.
To clarify this further,
imagination isn’t just about visualizing and creating fantastical worlds or coming up with stuff that doesn’t exist. It’s also about seeing what is, differently.
And courage is all about putting one’s world-view out in the world, for the critics to chew and digest or bite and spit; for the viewers to like or dislike, love or hate.
Only when imagination and courage overflow under the influence of feelings that border on crazy, is a great artist born.
(Image: Fruit and Coffeepot by Henri Matisse)