Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Quote of the Day (E. M. Forster, on Why Art is Valuable)

“Art is valuable not because it is educational (though it may be), not because it is recreative (though it may be), not because everyone enjoys it (for everybody does not), not even because it has to do with beauty. It is valuable because it has to do with order, and creates little worlds of
its own, possessing internal harmony, in the bosom of this disordered planet….The idea that it should not be permitted until it receives communal acclaim and unless it is for all, is perfectly absurd. It is the activity which brought man out of original darkness and differentiates him from the beasts, and we must continue to practice and respect it through the darkness of today.”—English novelist-essayist E. M. Forster (1879-1970), “The Challenge of Our Time,” in Two Cheers for Democracy (1951)

Speaking of art...the accompanying image of Forster was created in 1924 and 1925 by the English painter and decorative artist Dora Carrington (1893-1932).

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