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Art can't be explained

Art can't be explained Art can't be explained
Source : Emily Carr, Above the Gravel Pit, 1937
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April 6th : Just came from the last lecture on art. This afternoon there was a tea for the lecturer – old women like me, very dull – (…). What’s it all about, this art?

We’ve had the reason for the way each man worked.

We’ve had the viewpoint of each man.

We’ve had the thoughts of each man.

We’ve had the man turned inside out and the work turned outside in, and how much of it is true?

Who of us knows just why we do what we do, much less another’s whys or what we’re after? Art is not like that; cut and dried and hit-at like a bull’s eye and done for a reason and explained away by this or that motive. It’s a climbing and a striving for something always beyond, not a bundle of “rules” or a bundle of feels nor a taking of this man’s ideas and tacking them on to that man’s ideas and making a mongrel idea and calling it “my own”.

It’s a seeing dimly beyond and with eyes straight ahead in a beeline, marching right up to the dim thing.

You’ll never quite catch up...."

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