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Thursday Mar 25, 2010

Understanding is the Goal

As Robert Henri writes in his book, The Art Spirit:

“Art is simply a result of expression during right feeling. It’s a result of a grip on the fundamentals of nature, the spirit of life, the constructive force, the secret of growth, a real understanding of the relative importance of things, order, balance. Any material will do. After all, the object is not to make art, but to be in the wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”

And what of understanding? What does it mean? Can you define its universal thread for yourself?

Whatever you do in life, the overarching goal is understanding. And understanding comes about through direct firsthand experience. Reading about it won’t do. No secondhand resource will. If you feel I might be overstating the case, I’m not.