Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
...I have always liked Emile Zola’s definition.... ....it is as follows:-
A work of art is a corner of creation seen through a temperament.
To me, if you have a vision (or light bulb moment, epiphany, dream, feeling, or whatever fill-in-the-blank word that triggers strong emotion), something you'd like to say or set forth by showing others with a work of art, you first must be moved enough to be motivated to actually do it - that's the temperament. The rest is simply what you saw. To me I'm not sure his observation either helps or detracts.
What I do like about it, though, is that in my mind it filters out all of the works that are done WITHOUT temperament, so called 'art' that is created for reasons other than being strongly motivated to simply 'have to' create, show, and reveal.