Art and Existentialism

fear-and-tremblingWhy attending one of our painting workshops in Italy or France?

During our painting workshops in Tuscany and Provence, we aim to provoke the creative act by challenging our participants to see and think in new ways. If not, why traveling so far and investing in a workshop to repeat what we do at home? To provoke the creative act, is to engage the artist in an existentialist state of mind.

We came across this question through various philosophical readings by Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher of the 19th century who seriously questioned religion during a time when European artists were questioning their very own practice, hence giving way to Realism and Impressionism.

Art is a subjective commitment, just like religion is a subjective commitment too. So, why not questioning both in the same way? How do you understand art? How do you define an artist? Do you believe in art as therapy? Do you think it can help you rationalize your problems? Are you fully committed to the development of your art? Do you follow “doctrines” in painting or do you try to get away from the “mob” mentality?

During our art workshops in Italy and France, we promote the idea that truth is subjective, that true art is subjective, just like life is subjective. Subjectivity is, first of all inwardness and passion; we have to live fully.  We have to live inwardly, so we may reach depth and richness. Passions, for Kierkegaard, are not mere feelings (sensations), but profound insights into the beings we really are.

True art, just like religion cannot be proven scientifically… art is a manifestation of your passion, it is a commitment that requires a leap of faith. So, during our art workshops in Tuscany or in Provence, we invite you to explore and manifest your authentic existence.

One thought on “Art and Existentialism

  1. Came across a great Rothko quote this week. Was reminded of it when I read this post. In conversation with Selden Rodman, he said: “The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them. And if you, as you say, are moved only by their color relationships, then you miss the point!” Although not entirely related, it somewhat touches upon “the profound insights into the beings we really are” you speak of. Thought I would share.


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