The effect of great art

To me, art needs to evoke emotion. That emotion can be instant love or hate, and everything in between.

The paintings by the incomparable  J.M.W. Turner makes me feel still inside. I can look at his paintings for hours.

I want to see how he made his colours jump off the canvas in this one. What else I can see.

In moments like that, especially when I am standing face to face with a canvas, all thoughts disappear, and stillness is in my bones, waiting for me to take a deep breath, in awe.

Other artists have work that touches me, but no one but Turner can make me fall completely still.

I was at a Turner exhibit here in the Netherlands last year, and people next to me were looking at his art with a critical eye, this and that was wrong and this and that needed to be changed.

And I stood there, looked at it and felt silence. I could not think of one single word to describe his art. It just is all emotion and no emotion for me.

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