In my last post I talked about great drawings being so much more than just the capturing of subjects. The same principal I believe is of course true for paintings as well as all other kinds of artwork.
Today I am asking the question; But what exactly is it about certain artworks that move us? Why do we walk past one artwork barely noticing it while another stops us dead in our tracks? Simon Schama, author of The Power of Art described it well: “the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure, and then proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality. . . “ Most art enthusiasts can relate to this. But what is the difference between an artwork that causes this reaction versus one that does not? And how about certain work moving one person but doing nothing for another?