Posted by: Rajesh Shukla | April 30, 2010

The strokes come like speech

The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech. ~ Van Gogh

Art does not acknowledge the existence of noise (in the informational sense of the world). It is a pure system: there are no wasted units, and there can never be any, however long, loose or tenuous the threads which link them to one of the levels of the story. This is precisely what distinguishes it from “life,” which offers only a “blurred” communication. The “blurred” effect (that which limits the view) may exist in art, but only as a coded element (Watteau, for instance); and the “blurred” effect, for that matter, does not exist in the written code, which inevitably calls fro clear delineation; at least in literature, where the freedom of notation (due to the abstract nature of the articulated language) implies a much stronger commitment than in the “analogical” arts, such as movie making.
— Roland Barthes

Van Gogh, Blossoming Almond Tree, Oil on Canvas
Saint-Rémy, France: February, 1890
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe


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