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Issue 144 “It is the artist, not the critic, who gives society something of lasting value.”



The editor claims that it is the artist of which gives society lasting value rather than the critic. In my point of view, this idea is partial and untrue. Since artist and critic, the former one creates beauty while the latter one evaluates, these absolute different jobs determine that they have to be opponent-at least in career field- rather than ally. As a result, there should be no comparing between one is more important and the other is less.



A compelling reason that we need critic is that critic can help us understanding artist's creative thoughts deeply. Since most critics are taking time studying not only the artist himself, but also the politics as well as customs surrounding the artist, their opinions are professional in such field. They have certain insight about this artist than us human beings. For instance, the professional critic who learned about Leonardo da Vince's art works, obviously have to study about the special period and the culture in the fifteen’s century in Europe when da Vinci was lived for. This knowledge would deeply helping understood the painting system of da Vince, and all these information they provide are so significant for common people to understand da Vinci's painting.



Moreover, even the best artist can sometime stick in the mud consciously or unconsciously. Maybe they are out of inspiration or just because they are afraid of changing, especially when they become successful. If this circumstance really happens, it is time to show how significant a perfect critic may seem to an artist. Critics can always point out artist's flaws directly, without kindness. They also can provide recent feedbacks from customers, whether they like the new work or not. Also with their helping, artist can easily find their new directions and inspiration depends on the criticisms, and this maybe the reason why some of the artists and critics are actually friends in their everyday life.



However, we have to recognize that poor criticism does taking some effects of undermining an artist's creativity. Take Vincent van Gogh as an example, he has sold only one painting during his life time because no one admire his painting including all those famous critics during his period. We now evaluated Van Gogh as one of the most influential painters in history, his use of the new impressionist style has not only altered his work, but also the whole art history. However, during his lifetime, this passionate style has evaluated as rude and without aesthetic. From this example we can clearly point out that artist, especially those of whom the most creative artists, their minds always transcend contemporaries including critics in their time, as a result, their works may be poorly evaluated.



In summary, we cannot say artist is more significant than critic, and vice versa. These two different jobs can supplement with each other, critic gives opinion, while artist makes progress. As we appreciate art works, we should take both of their opinions on balance, and the most important, plus our own judgments.
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