Painting and ArtEssays
Vicente Collado Jr.
Painting is not a Talent
Primarily a mental operation and secondarily an organic function, painting is not an inborn but an acquired skill.
Learn Painting in an Hour
As an intellectual activity, painting is essentially a body of practical knowledge that can be comprehended easily by any prepared mind.
Psychological Striptease on Canvas
Emotions are movements of the irascible and concupiscible appetites. Having no visual characteristics, emotions cannot have a proper visual representation.
Birth of a Concept
Ideas are not proper objects of painting. Ideas are abstract and universal whereas the result of any painting activity can only be concrete and singular.
Language of the Visual Artist
Painting is not a language, strictly speaking, and, therefore, cannot be a fitting vehicle for communication or expression.
Reasons for the Obsession
Some possible explanations for the neurotic insistence on painting being an expression of ideas and emotions.
The Exemplary Cause of Painting
Every transient human activity has an exemplary model and for painting the immediate exemplar is an image, an enhanced version of reality, formed in the mind of the artist.
The Final Cause of Painting
Painting has both objective and subjective ends. Objectively, a painting should be an image of its immediate exemplar.
Judging a Painting
A painting should be judged on whether it meets its objective end or not, on whether it possesses all the intrinsic perfections proper to it as an image.
What is Art?
The modern conception of art as "anything you want it to be" can have absurd practical and theoretical consequences.
Essence of the Artificial
Anything artificial depends on man only in its becoming or in its being artificial. Everything else depends directly on the other constitutive principles.