What is Inside the Frame? | Daily Prompt: Art Appreciation

Do you need to agree with an artist’s lifestyle or politics to appreciate their art? To spend money on it?

Frankly, I don’t have to agree with someone’s life choices to enjoy his works.

Well, yes, the man as an artist is connected to the man as an activist or arbiter. They may sometimes even overlap, which can get quite confusing. A person’s life is not always black and white. There will be grey areas.

But would you let a little grey dull your appreciation?

How an artist lives his life is a matter that is wholly outside of the canvas. His choices may be reflected in what he creates; he may even use his creations as a form of influence, to further his cause or underscore his beliefs. But that is not what is inside the frame, is it?

More often, it’s the art that is to be judged—not the artist.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. So true! Judge the art, not the artist. Nice one. 🙂


  2. You are welcome!


  3. Good point. I like your answer!


  4. arrowtarget says:

    Art is perfect.

    The critics work is to criticize, however.

    The readers have to give comments, however.

    Everything is beautiful!


    1. matiserrano says:

      Thank you.

      Your comment about critics reminded of a few lines from the movie, Ratatouille (2007).

      “In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.”


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