The first virtue of a painting is to be a feast for the eyes.----Delacroix
I love the Delacroix quote, Joanne, that's my point of view. Of course, one person's eye feast is another's piece of grit in the eye...
Wonderful reparte there, you two!
It brings up the topic of whether or not there are timeless standards of excellence. Has there already been such a thread? (There's such an ocean of threads here, how DOES one wade thru them all to make sure one doesn't rehash something that's already been covered?)
"The painting is not on a surface, but on a plane which is imagined. It moves in a mind. It is not there physically at all. It is an illusion, a piece of magic." --Philip Guston
Ha, a man after my own heart!
The aim off art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle
That one, too! It's reminiscent of "Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait pas" (Pascal) and also Exupery's quote "L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux."
And now, I'll add to the "stash" here (in hopes that I'm not repeating anybody else's post----I've not read thru all of them):
"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." (Don't know the author.)
"L'Art supreme Seule a l'eternite
Et le buste Survit la cite." (Theophile Gautier)
"Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century." (M. McCluhan)