A&O QUOTE – Delacroix on Painting as Communication

ART & ORGANISM

What Delacroix said about art as communication

Eugene Delacroix said

“…painting, that is to say the material thing called painting [is] no more than the pretext, than the bridge between the mind of the painter and that of the spectator.” (1850)[i]  

His comment recalls Thoreau’s “It takes two to speak the truth– one to speak, and another to hear.”

(1849, “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers,” “Wednesday”) . . . 

And so with music:  “It is said that Verdi sat with a pounding heart and on occasion wept while composing the music for his operas. More than a century later, some listeners show the identical reactions. Thus, like written text in literature, a musical score is the medium through which creative artists communicate with their audience.”[i]

NEW IDEA: We know that communications is essential at all levels of organization … within and between cells, organs, parts of the brain …  like all communications—the expressions that rise to the level of art may also be an important bridge between different parts of the painter’s mind.  And “It is said that Verdi sat with a pounding heart and on occasion wept while composing the music for his operas. More than a century later, some listeners show the identical reactions. Thus, like written text in literature, a musical score is the medium through which creative artists communicate with their audience.”[ii]   

Do the EYES provide this bridge? (see comments in A&O notes on COMMUNICATIONS – in particular, notes about MIND-to-MIND COMMUNICATIONS) 

 

 

We speak about authentic communications between artists and their audiences—“heart to heart” communications from the greatest depth accessible to the artist to the greatest depth of the audience, Delacroix’s “mind-to-mind”

So what happens

WHEN ARTISTS ARE IN LOVE WITH THEIR AUDIENCE?

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[i].  Eugene Delacroix (1798‑1863): dated 1850.  Journal (1893‑1895), Eugene Delacroix, Journal, Walter Pach, translator, New York, 1972. http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa257/delacroix.html  Also cited by Gilson, 1957:132.

[ii]. Excerpt from  Josef P. Rauschecker, 2002.  AWhere Science Meets the Arts,@ A review of Beethoven’s Anvil Music in Mind and Culture by William Benzon (Basic Books (HarperCollins), New York, 2001. 352 pp. $27.50, ,,19.99. ISBN 0-465-01543-3) in Science 296:1032.