Art and the Artist

Some thoughts on art from Albert Camus:

"To create today is to create dangerously. Any publication is an act, and that act exposes one to the passsions of an age that forgives nothing...

"On the ridge where the great artist moves forward, every step is an adventure, an extreme risk. In that risk, however, and only there, lies the freedom of art. A difficult freedom that is more like an ascetic discipline? What artist would deny this?

"Liberty alone draws men from isolation; but slavery dominates a crowd of solitudes. And art, by virtue of that free essence I have tried to define, unites where tyranny seperates. It is not surprising, that art should be the enemy marked out by every form of oppression... Every great work makes the human face more admirable and richer, and this is its whole secret. And thousands of concentration camps and barred cells are not enough to hide this staggering testimony of dignity."

["Resistance, Rebellion and Death" by ALbert Camus, Trans. by Justin O'Brien, Vintage Books/Alfred A. Knopf, 1961]