"Our vision is modified as we observe. The first vision, that of the vulgar herd, is the simple line, unadorned, unconcerned with colour. The second stage is when the better-trained eye discerns values of tones and their subtleties...In our politically correct times, calling people who dislike your art the "vulgar herd" won't win you any fans, but it is true you develop an eye to appreciate certain types of art. Although you can also appreciate a style's place in the art timeline without liking it...
"The last stage is when the artist sees the subtleties and multiple plays of light, its plays, its gravitations. These progressive explorations modify the original vision ... It requires long observation and attentive study. The vulgar herd sees in it only disorder, chaos and inaccuracy."
-- Belgian painter James Ensor (1860--1949) in his Reflections on Art, in 1881, quoted in Letters of the Great Artists, p175
Artists Quotes on Dealing with Criticism
Constructive Art Criticism
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