Quote by George Moore

by Kathleen Huebener in Quote for the Day


“Art must be parochial in the beginning

to be cosmopolitan at the end.”

George Moore


In the context of this quote, parochial means narrow or uncultured and cosmopolitan means common to the entire world. The quote refers to more than a superficial look at the process of creating art.
At the onset, narrowness begins with the artist’s rendering of subject matter.
The cosmopolitan sense involves the emotional statement,
or a common thread held by the viewers of the finished art.
Having looked, the viewers, feeling the emotional aspect of the piece, now see.
And having seen, they enjoy!