The Importance of Art

Bayliss, Wyke, 1835-1906; Evening, Amiens Cathedral, France

Evening, Amiens Cathedral, France by Wyke Bayliss, Atkinson Art Gallery Collection

Art is “for us all;

to refine us, to ennoble us,

to raise us from the baser pleasures,

to fill our eyes with beauty,

and our hearts with gladness,

to show us that we are not beasts

but the King’s children,

and that Beauty is His messenger.” 

The above quote, by Wyke Bayliss, is from his book “The Witness of Art.” In it, he retells the fable of Beauty and the Beast as a commentary on the manner in which our own culture tends to deprive us of the power of art and poetry in our lives. He was  a painter, writer, and poet in England. (1835–1906)

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