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Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. Options
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Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Joy Frohlich
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I do not agree, but then I am not an artist. Mere colour does not seem to speak to my soul but perhaps it is subliminal?
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The moods and subliminal, or overt cues that colors can sometimes evoke appears to be an involuntary component to our visual experience.
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Joy Frohlich wrote:
I do not agree, but then I am not an artist. Mere colour does not seem to speak to my soul but perhaps it is subliminal?

Everyone's different. I strongly agree with Wilde. This is not subliminal for me, although perhaps it is without me realising it. I guess it's like art in general: either you "get it" or you don't understand what the fuss is all about.
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The depth and weight do express something that is from within....
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Yes,like a beautiful sunrise!
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Here the context from :

THE CRITIC AS ARTIST: WITH SOME REMARKS UPON THE IMPORTANCE OF DOING NOTHING


A DIALOGUE.
Part I.
Persons: Gilbert and Ernest.
Scene: thelibrary of a house in Piccadilly, overlooking the Green Park.



...They, at any rate, work under those decorative conditions that each art requires for its perfection, and have sufficient aesthetic instinct to regret those sordid and stupid limitations of absolute modernity of form which have proved the ruin of so many of the Impressionists. Still, the art that is frankly decorative is the art to live with. It is, of all our visible arts, the one art that creates in us both mood and temperament. Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. The harmony that resides in the delicate proportions of lines and masses becomes mirrored in the mind. The repetitions of pattern give us rest. The marvels of design stir the imagination. In the mere loveliness of the materials employed there are latent elements
of culture. Nor is this all. By its deliberate rejection of Nature as the ideal of beauty, as well as of the imitative method of the ordinary painter, decorative art not merely prepares the soul for the reception of true imaginative work, but develops in it that sense of form which is the basis of creative no less than of critical achievement. For the real artist is he who proceeds, not from feeling to form, but from form to thought and passion. ......

Read mor on line :http://www.online-literature.com/wilde/1305/
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Mark Rothko would agree - but, then, he committed suicide...Anxious
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Mere color and some degree of genius or talent will do...
Tonto
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Joy I think you are too narrowly defining color, for instance do you feel something on a sunny day virsus a cloudy day. The color of your environs can impact how you feel and in that way speak to you.
pedro
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There's nothing mere about colour.

ps; this is how Oscar would have spelt it.
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So very true..........
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So very true..........
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