Provoke Quotes (5 quotes)
All sensitive people agree that there is a peculiar emotion provoked by works of art.
But most of us, however strict we may be, are apt to apply the epithet beautiful to objects that do not provoke that peculiar emotion produced by works of art.
But when science, passing beyond its own limits, assumes to take the place of theology, and sets up its own conception of the order of nature as a sufficient account of its cause, it is invading a province of thought to which it has no claim, and not unreasonably provokes the hostility of its best friends.
The starting-point for all systems of æsthetics must be the personal experience of a peculiar emotion. The objects that provoke this emotion we callworks of art.
What quality is shared by all objects that provoke our aesthetic emotions? Only one answer seems possiblesignificant form. In each, lines and colors combined in a particular way; certain forms and relations of forms, stir our aesthetic emotions. These relations and combinations of lines and colours, these æsthetically moving forms, I call Significant Form; and Significant Form is the one quality common to all works of visual art.