Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The consolations of art

The brilliant mind of Alain de Botton does it again: finding meaning applicable to our own daily lives, in the works of great artists.

"Hopper discovered that – even when others love us very much – some essential part of us is always alone.

It is this recognition that makes his paintings so compelling. And indeed, it is by addressing loneliness that art can be most therapeutic: consoling us and reassuring us that estrangement and sorrow are normal, that we are neither very strange nor very shameful for experiencing them. Sad and lonely art allows us as viewers to witness an echo of our own griefs and disappointments, and thereby to feel less personally persecuted and beset by them."

Hopper, Excursion into Philosophy 1959
Excursion into Philosophy, 1959

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