"People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love." - Claude Monet
Saw this quote earlier, and it reminded of an incident at the Museum of Modern Art in NY i think, where a Miro' painting hung upside down, and was :understood" and discussed for quite a while before it was noticed and re-hung.
I think he's right...up to a point....you don't have to "get it" for it to make an impact on you, and,the viewer's "understanding" is his/her interpretation of the piece.That view comes influenced by everything from technical knowledge to what kind of day it was, it is totally subjective.
Where i think he may be somewhat dismissive is if the "understanding" includes some knowledge of the artist, what he may have been going through at the time, what the artist may have said about the piece. And also,context, you can be wowed by something because you thing its an original idea and technique, only to find out later that it's been done a million times, maybe better...or that it's merely a product of quick technology, a cheap copy being passed off.
So yeah, loving it is most important, but understanding in context is too.
Do'nt know that Monet implied this applied to people and relationships, but it probably does