Friday, January 2, 2009

A message from Ruskin

There's no way of getting good Art, I repeat, but one - at once the simplest and the most difficult - namely, to enjoy it. Examine the history of nations, and you will find this great fact clear and unmistakeable on the front of it - that good Art has only been produced by nations who rejoiced in it; fed themselves with it, as if it were bread; basked in it, as if it were sunshine; shouted at the sight of it; danced with the delight of it; quarrelled for it; fought for it; starved for it; did, in fact, precisely the opposite with it of what we want to do with it - they made it to keep, and we to sell.
John Ruskin, inaugural address at Cambridge School of Art, 1958

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