I’ve heard an opinion that abstract art appeared because abstract ideas couldn’t be figuratively represented. How do you paint the Absolute Loneliness? Yeah, it takes a depressed Rothko to visualise this horror.
Sometimes. though, an abstract idea can be delivered by a figurative painting.
This is the Eccentrics by Georgy Yakulov (painted before 1922).
What is eccentricity? Yeah, it is abnormal but not insane behaviour. We usually know it when we see it. The kind of behaviour that makes us question not the sanity of the eccentric person, but our own normality. That’s how it is different to insanity. Eccentrics are usually loved because they are not boring and they do things many of us would love to do, but feel uneasy about doing. Like, acting like a clown, feeling like an idiot, and thoroughly enjoying it all.
Do you have an eccentric friend? What is eccentric about him or her?