Art of the sublime

“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the the sublime is limitless…”

Immanuel Kant

The theory of sublime art was put forward by Edmund Burke in 1757. It is an artistic effect productive of strong emotion, perhaps even a form of terror. Art can relax, stimulate and educate, this is something different. Sublime is not a reflection of the quality or expertise of an artwork, but that it creates a feeling of disquiet in the viewer. This art is moody. Some of the most powerful examples of this are JMW Turner’s seascapes and storms. Recent times have caused at least disquiet in all of us. Can this state of mind really be captured in a painting? I am keen to find out. #aldingawetlandstorm #letsmakelemonade

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