Arts Everyday Living: What is Art–The Eternal Question–An Act of Gratitude

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WHAT IS ART? 

THE ETERNAL QUESTION

 AN ACT OF GRATITUDE

 

And now some final thoughts on art……

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.*

Friedrich Nietzsche

Jean Honore Fragonard, A Young Girl Reading a Book, c. 1776, oil, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Jean Honore Fragonard, A Young Girl Reading a Book, c. 1776, oil, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

 

French artist Jean Honore Fragonard (1732-1806) and German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) are usually not paired together. For Fragonard’s unforgettable Girl Reading a Book above epitomizes the joie de vivre of the 18th century Rococo style favored by the court of Queen Marie Antoinette.  While Nietzsche’s writings such as Twilight of the Idols as well as Thus Spoke Zarathustra delve into profound issues of morality and religion.

*The quote is from Nietzsche’s book about Richard Wagner.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

 

Open the door to a new way of seeing in Through an Artist’s Eye: Learning to Live Creatively!

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