Significant deformity: Art and life in Virginia Woolf's novels and art criticism
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It is the purpose of this thesis to examine Virginia Woolf's views about art, and in particular her views about painting, as these views are revealed in her novels and in her art criticism. Two themes guide this discussion: first, the attitude of the artist to life determines the kind of work of art he is likely to create; and second, the attitude of the spectator to life determines the kind of work of art to which he is likely to respond as well as the manner in which he is likely to respond to it. The conclusion to be drawn from this investigation is twofold: life cannot be retained except that it be carried into art; and conversely, art cannot be retained except that it be carried into life.