Iris Murdoch On Tyrants And Art

46A34B8C-DCA2-446E-A98E-D4AC0C685910Iris Murdoch (July 15, 1919 – February 08, 1999)

Tyrants always fear art because tyrants want to mystify while art tends to clarify. The good artist is a vehicle of truth, he formulates ideas which would otherwise remain vague and focuses attention upon facts which can then no longer be ignored. The tyrant persecutes the artist by silencing him or by attempting to degrade or buy him. This has always been so.