The Artist as Explorer

atkins-bookshelf-quotations“To be able to affect others, an artist has to be an explorer, and his work of art has to be a quest. If he has discovered everything, knows everything, and is just preaching or entertaining, he makes no effect. Only if he keeps searching, then the viewer, or listener, or reader fuses with him in his search.”

An entry from Leo Tolstoy’s diary, dated December 1900. Tolstoy (born Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, 1828-1910) author of the classics War and Peace and Anna Karenina, is regarded as one of the giants of Russian literature. His magnum opus, War and Peace (originally titled “The Year 1805“) published in 1869 runs more than 1,440 pages, containa 587,287 words, and features 580 characters. 

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