Schopenhauer, Arthur - The World as Will and Idea - The nature of inspiration and genius
Type of Spiritual Experience
Refer to the types of spiritual experience and the section on invisible input - inspiration for more details
A description of the experience
The World as Will and Idea – Arthur Schopenhauer
The artist, who knew only the Idea and no longer the actual, has reproduced in his work the pure idea, has abstracted it from the actual, omitting all chance features which might detract from it.
The artist lets us see into the world through his eyes.
That he has these eyes, that he knows the inner nature of things apart from all their relations, is the gift of genius, is inborn; but that he is able to lend us this gift, to let us see with his eyes, is acquired, and is the technical side of art.