A critic is a great thing to behold.
Are they not the priests of all art?
Can they not summon great meaning
from the daimon hibernating in its art?
The artist needs the critic as much as
he needs the daimon. It’s the critic who
chases on the heels of the artist,
always keeping up with his pace.
A good critic will be close behind,
but a great critic will have struck out
ahead of the artist, calling back to him,
urging him to hurry up already.
Artwork: I. A. Richards on the Alps (1930)