Weltgiest of an artist

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Weltgeist (German) is a word that describes a sort of world-spirit, perhaps it can be best explained as a sort of awareness of your own consciousness. It’s the opposite of the original meaning of Zeitgeist, which literally translated means “an invisible agent, force or Demon dominating the characteristics of a given epoch in world history. However Weltgeist for an artist is something different and certainly not a demon.

The Weltgeist awareness for an Artist was not uncommon up to our new century, many artists have recorded experiencing it at one time or another during their lifetime. Van Gogh, Rouault, Gauguin, Malevich, Chagall, Pollock and Rothko, just to mention a few.Another way of describing the ‘Weltgeist’ of an artist is to arrive at a state of mind, a momentary spiritual or mysterious creative connection, whilst simultaneously both creating a work art and becoming aware of another powerful entity or presence. What that connection point is, or what that spiritual link is remains a mystery. It would it seem that it depends on the personal history or deeply held beliefs of the Artist. Be that of a religious nature or of a wider secular view of what humans are on earth for, “where we come from and where are we going” as Gauguin put it, or summed up in modern language as, “what’s life all about?”

This is one of the basic questions that humanity have been seeking to answer from the very beginning of time. Gauguin was probably the first artist to make visual that ubiquitous question in that famous painting of 1897

(shown above here and on the opposite page). Original title: D’où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous Masterwork of Paul Gauguin -1897. (Museum of Fine Arts Boston).Photograph of the cover of Art Review: ©Art Review issue December/January2000 Editor: David Lee, Assistant Editor: Anna Phelps. Editorial Director: Catriona Warren. Graphic Designer: Neil Pereira. Production Manager: Piers Bebbington. Publisher: David Fox.

Front Cover: detail of Warehouse A- by Terry Ffyffe (Australian Artist) Writers included: Brian Ashbee, Nigel Whiteley Phd, F.R.S.A, Quentin Williams. Michael Daley. Tom Rosenthal. Edward Lucie-Smith.Weltgeist or an inner awareness, could be also be explained as an Artistic epiphany. The American art critic Donald Kuspit mentioned this word when discussing his book, “the End of Art” (2004) in an interview critical of contemporary Art at the time. Much of what he outlined in the interview was reinforced by many of my own thoughts about the Post Modern Art movement of the twent

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