Aphorisms for Artists by Walter Darby Bannard

Aphorism #81

Art is not truth.

Truth is expressed in words; art is expressed in feeling.

Truth conforms to reality; art invents reality.

Truth is subject to proof; art has nothing to do with proof.

And so forth.

Yes, I know, “Art” and “Truth” are both noble and high-minded and all that, and therefore they are often associated, in a hopeful way. But they are apples and oranges.

Clarity is important. Keep things where they belong.

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