The Tree of Life, Soclet Frieze
by Gustav Klimt
Works of art belong immeasurably to themselves, and are accessible least of all to criticism. Only love can grasp them and hold them and respond to them fairly. Always trust your own feeling, rather than others' discussions, interpretations and arguments. Should you be mistaken, then slowly and with time the natural growth of your inner life will bring you to fuller awareness.
Viareggio, April 23, 1903
Letters to a Young Poet