THE QUINTESSENTIAL ARTIST

976 Words Jul 13th, 2018 4 Pages
Solitude feeds both the genius and the estranged. It frees one from convention thus allowing for deep thought and reflection, which inevitably leads to great discover. Yet there is a delicate balance that one must take carful pains to follow. For without constraints (as defined by society) there are no rules (or laws) to structure and contain the wild nature of the human mind. Chaos ensues; madness seeps in, and the soul is engulfed. Uncontained raw passion is dangerous, insatiable and destructive. Time must not allow it to fester alone and change into uncontrollable urges; it must be shaped and molded to produce mastery for if not, one becomes consumed by sheer emotion and they succumb to the abyss. Artists (either consciously or …show more content…
Likewise the constant illusion to mirrors and reflections insinuates himself in the story. Death in Venice is in a sense autobiographical. Thomas Mann writes in letters, of his insecurities to peruse the perverse subject matter in the novella. Several times thinking of abandoning it as an “impossible conception” he worries about how his novella will be received by the public. Depending upon whom the letter is addressed to, he either renounces or acknowledges the interpretation of a personal claim, yet it unfeasible to separate Mann from Achenbach, they are so clearly similar that it is futile for Mann to claim other wise. Both the lonely artists, both the prisoners of passion, both either consciously or not, battling the invasion of their emotions. It can be argued that together Achenbach and Mann form a complete artist. For it is Achenbach that supplies the observer with the process of creating the work and it is Mann himself that produces the finished product: Death in Venice.
Later in life Thomas Mann wrote that he had never experienced “such a splendid sensation of uplift” as he did after finishing Death in Venice. Often an artist experiences their peek emotions in their best works because they invest their deepest and most personal thoughts into the piece. Ironically in creating something so personal the work often has a universal effect because of its common humanity. Any masterpiece of art such as Death in Venice is timeless. As human