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The Love of Art There is no more blessed influence affecting the world than the love of art It is never individual in its operation never selfishly confined to the object upon which it was first directed but it releases like the atmosphere radiates like light embracing spreading and changing all surrounding things When artist sits down to draw a painting he really must look inside himself Sadness or happiness should be felt through the painting But sometimes people get a different idea of the painting I suppose beauty is in the eyes of the beholder Artist may have been sad when he painted the picture but he may make somebody happy So to say what he felt when he painted the picture may not be what other people perceive Exploring John Bergers Ways of Seeing 1972 caused me to revise the way I feel and think about art Berger b1926 known primarily as an author of art criticism and fiction is also a poet essayist translator playwright and screenwriter Art to John Berger is the most complex and rich human creative activity The art object whatever it is sums up the spiritual and physical nature of man At the same time the work of art is by its very nature an existential event of unique dialectical unity Bergers interest is not art-historical or analytical but an interest in what is the most profound existential creative situation that man is capable of reaching Let us consider a typical example of art - painting The objective here is to unearth certain principles of painting which give esthetic meaning to the art Such principles are like the elements of music where the terms note interval counterpoint etc have specific meanings In painting there are principles of space-relation tension rhythm balance and interval A great way to stay informed about these elements is to interact with the painting One of the methods of enjoying and trying to
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