What is Art?

Red PepperHaving asked “What is an Artist” in the last blog post, “What is Art” is the next question that begs to be asked.

Here is one answer to that question – thanks to Robert Ederer: “[Art] can touch not just what exists but the potential of what can exist. It is also a reflection of the essence of something. A painting of a sunset is the feeling of the sunset. It is not the sunset; as a dance of joy is not joy but an expression of joy.”

My own definition: “Art is a language. Good art is an expression of the artist’s dedicated skill to communicate their heartfelt responses of their chosen subject. Good art seems to always tug at the emotions.”

Paul Cezanne: “A work of art that did not begin as emotion is nothing.”

How about you? What is your definition of art?