Here’s one of the most famous paintings in the world—Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party”. You’ve probably seen reproductions of it many times. But there’s something you may never have noticed about it before.
No two people are looking directly at each other. Take a look.
Renoir even put in a little joke about it. The only two looking right at each other are that chick and her dog.
Yet you feel how tight they all are, how close they are to one another emotionally. You even feel something about how they make a group that’s alive and bigger than any individual there.
This is what I’m talking about. Art communicates emotional insight: insight into emotion and the meaning of the emotion. It is other than intellectual insight. It can only be grasped or apprehended by use of your emotional ability, rather than by use of your intellectual ability.
Appreciation of emotional insight is the key to appreciation of art.