"No one gives; no one will risk himself by sympathizing; no one has anything to control. We are imprisoned in ourselves, becalmed in a windless selfishness. The only emotion left us is fear: fear of emotion itself, fear of death by drowning in it, fear in a handful of dust. [...] Art is the community´s medicine for the worst disease of mind, the corruption of consciousness."
R. G. Collingwood, The Principles of Art, London: Oxford University Press, 1958 (1938), pgs. 335-336
'Fertile': Francis Bacon in his studio, 1980. Photograph: Jane Bown for the Observer