Thank you Venitian Red and Liz Hager for this very interesting post and for bringing the work of David Milne to my attention.
“Feeling is the power that drives art. There doesn’t seem to be a more understandable word for it, though there are others that give something of the idea: aesthetic emotion, quickening, bringing to life. Or call it love; not love of a man or woman or home or country or any material thing, but love without an object—instransitive love.”
—David B. Milne, “Feeling in Painting,” 1948