L'École Marchutz

Seminar Notes: Motif

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[gallery columns="1"] Motif: motive; a theme.

Fr. motif; LL. motivum: a moving cause; motivus: moving

1) That which incites to action; that which determines the choice or moves the will; reason; cause.

2) In design, a unit; a recurring theme.

3) The controlling idea in the mind of the artist as embodied in the work.

"But there is another kind of seeing that involves a letting go.  When I see this way I sway transfixed and emptied.  The difference between the two ways of seeing is the difference between walking with and without a camera.  When I walk with a camera I walk from shot to shot, reading the light on a calibrated meter.  When I walk without a camera, my own shutter opens, and the moment's light prints on my own silver gut.  When I see this second way I am above all an unscrupulous observer."

Can artistic inspiration come purely within; without influence from other minds or motifs?