by David Hamilton (January 2010)
Our high traditions of sacred and imaginative Art have nearly died with the decline of religion and the spiritual uplift it brings to the artistic imagination and our higher natures. Religiously inspired art has been replaced by a negative attempt to destroy those traditions. The benefits of a firm common religion to art is the transforming of creative imagination into something higher and raising it above the base and the mundane. The driving force of our civilisation has always been creative imagination and the sense of striving for something higher while rooted in the human and everyday. Western civilization has largely sprung from a sense of piety and holiness and reverence for God and his creation and not just the need to secure one’s position in life. As, George Frederick Handel put it: “If I merely entertain them, then I have failed. I wish to make them better.” more>>>
that is a very interesting comment and I mean to look into his work. Thank you for posting it.
About 10 -12 years ago, I saw an exhibition by Frederic Bonin-Pissarro-- the great-grandson of Camille. And, really, he was good-- he, too, was an impressionist/post-impressionist and his pieces were vibrant, beautiful, and ALIVE. At the time, I thought he was kind of a cross between Monet and Seurat. The reviewers, however, ripped his work to shreds for being derivative (he was not) and for revisiting the past rather than doing something new.