The Philosophy of Art and the Art of Philosophy. Art Pictures and Quotes from Botticelli, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio, Reubens, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Goya, Renoir, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Warhol. On the rise and fall of great Art – On the Metaphysical foundations of Art as representation of Absolute Truth.
Introduction to Philosophy of Art
Philosophy is the Art of determining the Truth (which requires many years of study of the great minds of human history) such that we may apply this Truth to life. Likewise, the greatest Art is founded on profound Truths that express the wonder and beauty of our relationship to the universe. As Marcel Proust and Henri Matisse write;
"Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist’s metaphysical value-judgments. An artist recreates those aspects of reality which represent his fundamental view of man’s nature." (Marcel Proust)
"When we speak of Nature it is wrong to forget that we are ourselves a part of Nature. We ought to view ourselves with the same curiosity and openness with which we study a tree, the sky or a thought, because we too are linked to the entire universe." (Henri Matisse)
Our modern worldview, with its obsessive focus on Market Economics, Agriculture, and the Ego has allowed us to become isolated from our true connection with Nature, the Cosmos and our place in the Universe. That the majority of humans do not recognize themselves as a part of Nature (nor consider how they have evolved to live) is a disturbing thought for the future survival of all life on Earth (and likewise the disturbing state of contemporary art).
Though there have been many great artists and inspiring works of art throughout human history, no art has ever been founded on what truly exists, as this knowledge had not been known. The Postmodern belief in no Absolute Truth has detrimentally affected modern Art, resulting in artistic confusion, lack of meaning and decay.