“All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music”

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  1. that quote about art (constantly aspires towards the condition of music) is mysterious to me. Can you explain it? It’s always struck me as something someone once said when they were high and all his friends said ‘Wow!’ and the rest is history.

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    1. The line is from the late-19th c. English art critic Walter Pater. I don’t know what it means in the context he wrote it, it’s just a quote that I’ve read/heard many times throughout the years. My use of it for this “series” is tongue-in-cheek—it’s a simple catchall to post film + music, some of it pretty, some it weird, some of it silly…but all involving music + images: light and sound.

      What I think the quote means is that (Pater believed that) art should seek to unify form and content, and that (Pater believed that) music does this moreso than any other “art.”

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