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OP Re: "We are all agreed" ... huh?
Have I failed to give you proper credit for agreeing with jheem and myself and The Guardian art critic Robert Hughes [and The Fallible Fiend as well, I think] that Dali's breath has never had anything to do with his art, and, furthermore, it has even less to do with it today when he isn't drawing any.
If so, I apologize.
OP upon seeing the breadth of his work, I developed a lot more affection for him
Yes, I see what you mean, Fibrebabe.
BTW here is The Guardian quote I promised earlier:
Robert Hughes, the Guardian art critic, writes:
"I knew Dali only slightly - he held court at the St. Regis in New York, where he favoured new acquaintances with foul gusts of the worst human breath I have ever smelt."
Maybe we should start up a new thread on Artist's Intent (even if it has nothing to do with words)?
Intention has a lot to do with language, anyway. So does art. I'm sure we could shoehorn in language someplace. Fire when ready AnnaStrophic! It should be fun.
OP Intention has a lot to do with language
Well said, jheem.
We can't say much without putting it into words.
Putting it into the right words, now that's the trick, I know you will agree.
Sometimes our intentions are misunderstood. And sometimes we don't understand our intentions.
I suspect an artist's intentions are no different than our own.
Sometimes I think what an artist "intends" has about as much to do with their art as Dali's breath had to do with his paint.
One minor qualification, of course:
Dali's breath might curdle his paint, but an artist's "intentions" could screw up his painting as well.
We cannot know
Where the paint will flow
If we do, we're really not painting.
An artist starts with an idea and ends up with a canvas.
If it's a great canvas, the artist will be as surprised as anyone.
He might even begin to understand how the hell he did it, and what the heck it means.
But that is work better left to critics.
An artist is not his own Muse.
Only an artist's Muse could stand before a work of genius and say:
"That's just what I intended."
You, sir, are hereby notified that I hold you responsible for the explosive expectoration of a large quantity of tea onto my keyboard, resulting in serious damage thereto. My solicitors will deal directly with yours.
OP My solicitors will deal directly with yours.
Your claim is a fig mint of your imagination, TEdRem.
No Judge would give a fig for your damages.
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