Humanities: Religion, Art History and Philosophy

Wanderer above the sea of fog by Casper David Friedrich

TITLE: Essay on Friedrich Schlegel – ideas no. 13
(click on blue text colour above to read the work in full.)

AUTHOR: Mavarine Du-Marie

DATE: 4th August 2007

CITATION:

“….Thus, the model artwork of the romantic artist-genius had to embody a variety of emotions, either by creating what could be seen, for example painting, architecture, sculpture and garden design, to that of what was portrayed by a sense of feeling, for example music and literature, as the experience of this work was supposed to move the learned man to an exalted state of being and this would not occur easily without the artistic activity of an artist-genius²¹….”

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Arty Question

As it was asked in the London Arts Forum: “Does a work of art provide a mind-map of the artist who created it, or does it exist as a separate entity?”

To which I replied:

It exists as a separate entity. Or else they, the artists, wouldn’t be as “arty” to create another masterpiece, which has no bearing on his talented mind. 

For re-creation only exists with the viewer of that art, for each spectator brings with them their own mind-map of what the art represents, that is, that which is before their eyes, and which their senses can portray in terms of understanding the artist’s work.

And this should be conveyed by an art critic’s review of this mind-map which you ask about. In short, the artist is the entity, his work is his embodiment of his talent and both co-exist separately.

(AN ASIDE COMMENT:  There are those moments where there’s no effort in reply, when debating with other OU students, goes to show what becomes of you by picking art subjects, so impressed eh?…)

Related Blog posting: Interpreting Art

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