Proust: ‘Through Art Alone’

“Remembrance of Things Past”
May 28th Part #100


“Through art alone are we able to emerge from ourselves, to know what another person sees of a universe which is not the same as our own and of which, without art, the landscapes would remain as unknown to us as those that may exist on the moon. Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world only, our own, we see that world multiply itself and we have at our disposal as many worlds as there are original artists, worlds more different one from the other than those which revolve in infinite space, worlds which, centuries after the extinction of the fire from which their light first emanated, whether it is called Rembrandt or Vermeer, send us still each one its special radiance.”

― Marcel Proust, In Search Of Lost Time, Vol 6: Time Regained and A Guide to Proust
ghost of proust at grave

2 thoughts on “Proust: ‘Through Art Alone’


    What new worlds shall we
    Not simply determine to share
    But create today?


    “Artists all we are
    And so meeting
    Compare our artistry
    Plain talk with rich recesses
    Nuances to old questions
    The curl of the cry
    At the wellsprings of voice”

    – Ben Naga


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