2772. The thing about these three things that bedevil the art of painting is that they are all made up of very fine individual parts, and all of these parts are clearly discernible by the eye. In a painting, when these subjects are dealt with, the eye is just simply not satisfied unless it gets to see all of the individual elements of the hairs in all their glory.
It just so happens that when we are looking a specific head of hair it
is impossible to focus on each individual strand, contemplate it, and
consider its unique individuality. But, even so, the eye, especially the
untrained eye, not used to looking often at paintings, expects the
artist to deliver the hair in its entirety, in all of its manifest
But it’s not possible. One would have to imaging that there is,
somewhere, a paint brush consisting of just one hair, and using the one
hair brush the artist paints all of the hairs of a dog, a goat, a horse,
or some beautiful woman, leaving out not a single strand. But there is
no such thing as a one hair brush, and even if there were you must have
some consideration of the poor artist whom you are encouraging to begin
the job of painting all of the hairs of the human head.
2775. The artist perhaps decided to be an artist for very flamboyant, emotional and lofty reasons, reasons clouded in mystery, and touching the deeper recesses of the soul. The artist wants the experience of doing a painting to, if possible, induce euphoric states of mind that a drug addict might envy.