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abstract art thoughts from Ernst Kris

inserisci | acrylic on canvas | 18in x 24in

Thoughts of Ernst Kris in Eric Kandel’s book, “Reductionism in Art and Brain Science”: For the artist, the creative process is also interpretative, and for the beholder the interpretative process is also creative. Because the extent of the viewer’s contribution depends on the degree of ambiguity in the image, a work of abstract art, with its lack of reference to identifiable forms, arguably puts greater demands on the beholder’s imagination than a figurative work does. Perhaps it is these demands that make abstract works seem difficult to some viewers, yet rewarding to those who find in them an expansive, transcendent experience.