Artist Quote – James McNeill Whistler


This week’s artist quote is from American-born James McNeill Whistler.

One may think that an artist is simply paid to paint a picture, take a photograph, or create a sculpture, but if that were the case, couldn’t we program a computer to do these things? The magic part about what makes an artist an artist is that they create something inherently “them,” something that can only be their view of the world, their “vision.” If all you wanted was to simply capture something in time, you could have that computer photograph it, but what you want from art is the human aspect, that intangible thing that makes us see the object in a new way.

Do you think art is about vision? Do you think what makes art special is the different view from the artist him/herself?


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