The Easel

Archives: The Paris Review

28th August 2018

The Art of Wanderlust

Who’d have thought hiking was so complicated? The 18th century Romantics liked to depict trekkers experiencing the grandeur of Nature.  Modern art wants to do more. Rothko and others were ambitious not to show the hiker but to elicit the hiker’s feelings in the viewer. “Should art be about showing a person as he experiences a feeling or … actually creating that feeling?”