Art is man’s metaphysical mirror; what a rational man seeks to see in that
mirror is a salute; what an irrational man seeks to see is a
justification—even if only a justification of his depravity, as a last
convulsion of his betrayed self-esteem.
Between these two extremes, there lies the immense continuum of men of mixed
premises—whose sense of life holds unresolved, precariously balanced or openly
contradictory elements of reason and unreason—and works of art that reflect
these mixtures. Since art is the product of philosophy (and mankind’s
philosophy is tragically mixed), most of the world’s art, including some of its
greatest examples, falls into this category.