W. o’ W.: Jean Renoir

“To the question ‘Is cinema an art?’ my answer is, ‘What does it matter?’ You can make films or you can cultivate a garden. Both have as much claim to be called art as a poem by Verlaine or a painting by Delacroix. If your film or your garden is a good one it means that as a practitioner of cinema or gardening you are entitled to consider yourself an artist. The pastry-cook who makes a good cake is an artist. The ploughman with an old-fashioned plough creates a work of art when he ploughs a furrow. Art is not a calling in itself but the way in which one exercises a calling, and also the way in which one performs any human activity. I will give you my definition of art: art is ‘making’. The art of poetry is the art of making poetry. The art of love is the art of making love.”

1 Comment

  1. When I read this post I could not agree more, I’m new to this blawg thing so therefor I’m not sure if what’s in quotes has been said by you or someone else..
    Either way, same goes with taking a picture. If you’re in photography class you’re not an artist. One might think they are, and enjoyed labeling themselves as an artist. In my opinion, there is no “bad picture” because every picture has a different story behind the eyes of the photographer.

    –someone irrelevant but I thought I’d just throw my opinion out there..

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