“Art must be parochial in the beginning
to be cosmopolitan at the end.”
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!