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Pablo Picasso Quote: “Everyone wants to understand art. Why don’t we try to understand the song of a bird? Why do we love the night, the flowers, everything around us, without trying to understand them? But in the case of a painting, people think they have to understand.”

The Paradox of Active Surrender: Jeanette Winterson on How Learning to Understand Art Transforms Us | Brain Pickings "Long looking at paintings is equivalent to being dropped into a foreign city, where gradually, out of desire and despair, a few key words, then a little syntax make a clearing in the silence. Art, all art, not just painting, is a foreign city, and we deceive ourselves when we think it familiar. ..."

A new field of research aims to deepen, and even quantify, our understanding of artistic style. We use mathematical techniques to help discover novel insights, even in well-studied paintings.

Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? Why does one love the night, flowers, everything around one, without trying to understand them? But in the case of a painting people have to understand. If only they would realize above all that an artist works of necessity, that he himself is only a trifling bit of the world, and that no more importance should be attached to him than to plenty of other things which please us in the world, though we can't…

The Large Bathers - The Large Bathers - How Cézanne’s enigmatic masterwork ‘The Large Bathers ’ helped guide art into the age of experimentation and abstraction.

Understand Art Therapy: Healing Through Creative Expression… Could Art Heal You? | Art therapy is a kind of psychotherapy. Most types of psychotherapy use talking as the primary form of communication, but in art therapy you communicate through drawing or painting, dance, music or through other forms of creative expression, as well as through verbal expression.

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