Quote by Alfred North Whitehead

Alfred North Whitehead said, “Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience.”

Do you agree?  Why or why not?


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3 responses to “Quote by Alfred North Whitehead

  1. M. Zane McClellan

    I could argue pro or con, but I think the reality is that it’s a two-way street. Experience is the interpretation of patterns which we then express in our art.


  2. Experience gives us the material from which to create art. Whether the result is a pattern depends upon how you define pattern. Some art is amazing because it seems to defy traditional pattern.


  3. Thanks, Zane and Julie. It’s interesting how Whitehead worded it.


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