Leo Tolstoy on Emotional Infectiousness and What Separates Good Art from Bad – art as a vehicle of communication and empathy:

A real work of art destroys, in the consciousness of the receiver, the separation between himself and the artist.”

Tolstoy puts forth a sentiment Susan Sontag would come to echo decades later in asserting that “art is a form of consciousness,” and frames the essential role of art as a vehicle of communication and empathy:

 by Maria Popova