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Tarkovsky on Art

What is art?

“Like a declaration of love: the consciousness of our dependence on each other. A confession. An unconscious act that none the less reflects the true meaning of life – love and sacrifice.”

“Some sort of pressure must exist; the artist exists because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if the world were perfect, as man wouldn’t look for harmony but would simply live in it. Art is born out of an ill-designed world.”

“…art must must carry man’s craving for the ideal, must be an expression of his reaching out towards it; that art must give man hope and faith. And the more hopeless the world in the artist’s version, the more clearly perhaps must we see the ideal that stands in opposition – otherwise life becomes impossible! Art symbolises the meaning of our existence.”

Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986)
Soviet/Russian filmmaker, writer, film editor, film theorist and opera director

The illustration shows a scene from Offret (The Sacrifice) (1986)
The Sacrifice was produced in Sweden and was Tarkovsky’s last film.

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