“Some art aims directly at arousing the
feelings; some art appeals to the feelings through the route of the
intelligence. There is art that involves, that creates empathy. There is art
that detaches, that provokes reflection.
Great reflective art is not frigid. It can exalt the spectator, it can present images that appall, it can make him weep. But its emotional power is mediated. The pull toward emotional involvement is counterbalanced by elements in the work that promote distance, disinterestedness, impartiality. Emotional involvement is always, to a greater or lesser degree, postponed.”