Art lost its basic creative drive the moment it was separated from worship

Rear View (black and white photograph)
Rear View (black and white photograph) by Paul Politis, 2017

“… it is my opinion that art lost its basic creative drive the moment it was separated from worship. […] Today the individual has become the highest form and the greatest bane of artistic creation.

The smallest wound or pain of the ego is examined under a microscope as if it were of eternal importance. The artist considers his isolation, his subjectivity, his individualism almost holy. Thus we finally gather in one large pen, where we stand and bleat about our loneliness without listening to each other and without realizing that we are smothering each other to death. The individualists stare into each other’s eyes and yet deny the existence of each other.”

Ingmar Bergman, Four Screenplays of Ingmar Bergman

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