The downfall of classical ideals made all men potential artists


The downfall of classical ideals made all men potential artists, and therefore bad artists. When art depended on solid construction and the careful observance of rules, few could attempt to be artists, and a fair number of these were quite good. But when art, instead of being understood as creation, became merely an expression of feelings, then anyone could be an artist, because everyone has feelings.


Fernando Pessoa
Bernardo Soares, ''The Book of Disquiet'' (from Text 249
Photo: Robert Doisneau

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