Leo Tolstoy – What Is Art?

by Chantal

Leo Tolstoy in his essay “What is Art?”
“Art is not, as the metaphysicians say, the manifestation of some mysterious idea of beauty or God; it is not, as the aesthetical physiologists say, a game in which man lets off his excess of stored-up energy; it is not the expression of man’s emotions by external signs; it is not the production of pleasing objects; and, above all, it is not pleasure; but it is a mean of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity.

Portrait of Leo Tolstoy. Ivan Kramskoy