ABSTRACT

No one art form can continuously exist in isolation. Even an individual artist who unrealistically wishes to withdraw from the “outside” world, finds that the world’s reality constantly creeps into his awareness. Some artistic media, such as writing and painting, are structured in a manner which allow the artists to remove themselves somewhat from society. Often these individuals may demand isolation, for the sake of complete concentration. Nevertheless, all writers and painters, as human beings whether isolated or not, must allow objective as well as subjective memory to invade their minds. Both literature and painting, even if partially abstracted, have their greatest significance when they occur in relation to the existing “real” world.