Mr. Turner: Iconoclast Strapped to the Mast

There was no cultural or economic incentive for artists to exhibit impressionistic works like these, and in any case, painters usually regarded them as no more than means to the end of producing set pieces for public display, which required a distillation of experience and a degree of finish that open-air sketches simply could not supply. That is why all of Turner's impressionistic oil studies and most of Constable's wonderful oil sketches remained in their creator's studios throughout their lifetimes - the art audience of the day would have regarded them as unfinished notations, if not mere daubs.

- Impressionist London by Eric Shanes

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The Optimal Creative Milieu? Hate, Envy, Boredom

What is the optimal milieu for creativeness in literature, art, music, etc.? ... In an optimal milieu there is considerable leisure. Where people are engrossed in some feverish pursuit so that they neither are bored nor dream dreams nor nurse grievances, creativeness will be anemic ... An optimal milieu is one in which the creative are in close intercourse with each other - hating, loving, envying, admiring; where faces flush, hearts flutter, and minds swell with the passion to rival and emulate.

- Eric Hoffer, Working and Thinking On The Waterfront

John Updike On Creating an Ideal Audience

In this present age of excessive information and of cheerful inaccuracy, where six shrewd or at least intimidatingly verbal critics exist for every creative spirit, the writer has no clear moral duty than to keep his imagination his own. In doing so, he risks becoming offensive ... All generations, each in their time, are viperish, and how the artist survives and makes his way in his own lifetime is fundamentally a personal problem, with many solutions, none of them ideal. But this much seems certain: what we end by treasuring in the creative imagination is the freedom it manages to keep, regardless of contemporary response. Or, rather, the degree to which it, imagining an ideal audience, succeeds in creating an audience with an enhanced capacity for response. - John Updike, How Does the Writer Imagine, Odd Jobs