The question -Does/can anyone share the aesthetic perception underlying any visual artwork? – shares certain aspects with the philosophical problem of ‘other minds’. Not all questions are philosophical and philosophical questions are asked in certain ways and dealt with or ‘problematized’ in certain ways.
Philosophy, like visual art, is only one among many socio-cultural practices. People have different interests in life and among these are their concern with certain socio-cultural practices such as the arts, performing and visual arts, sport, literature, music, entertainment, different intellectual discourses such as philosophy, sociology, physics, etc.Not everyone is interested in art and some might prefer the performance arts, music or literature rather than fine art and more specifically visual art. Even among the individuals interested in the latter the degree of their passion for visual art will immensely. For many people it is sufficient to view (some) visual art, collect, sell, buy, write about or teach it, for for some people it is necessary to execute it.
It seems to me the more serious and original practitioners of visual art develop a very unique and clear ‘aesthetic perception, ideas or mindset’. Some of them develop techniques or employ techniques so that they are able to express, concretize, depict, realize or give visual form to their aesthetic perception.
The question I am interested in is this – can anyone really grasp the aesthetic ideas (mindset, perception) underlying even one of the works of van Gogh, Picasso, Klee, etc?
Why would anyone wish to explore, identify, grasp, understand and share this mindset? Many people art satisfied to view a work of art, buy, sell, auction, collect, critique it – or make a living of it in these or other ways. But, why would anyone be so passionate about a work of art that s/he wish to share its underlying aesthetic ideals, perception, and ontology? Is it even possible for anyone to really grasp a work of art (and these underlying phenomena) to such an extend that s/he will actually be sharing or participating in the aesthetic ideas being expressed by an artist in even one work of art?
Perhaps it is easier to deal with literature as it uses words, just like we use when we try to analyze and talk about it, perhaps it is possible to grasp the intentions of a composer underlying and being embedded in a certain composition by a professional musician who learns and executes it.
But as visual art does not employ any of the tools of these two socio-cultural practices, how should one go about trying to explore and grasp the aesthetic perception, ideals, intentions, reality or world expressed or concretized in any or even one particular work of art? It is said that the problem of knowing other minds or the mind of another requires conceptual or verbal analysis – what are the tools we can employ to explore the aesthetically relevant aspects of the mind of the other ( in this case a particular visual artist, as we are given hints about and pointers to it in a work of visual art)?
Does anyone ever really grasp, and share the intentions and aesthetic perception (ideas and mindset) of an artist as depicted in, concretized by and communicated in his work? Is this empathy relevant and meaningful or is merely required to treat an art work like any other object such as a chair used to sit on, etc by viewing it, selling, it, buying it, talking about it, etc. After all it is not a human or even a living being that have any rights, or does it?