Making real ideal

The strength of the artist and his possession of a technical skill enables him to rise above the merely personal, and to relate his personal deprivations to the discontents implicit in being human. We are all deprived; we are all disappointed; and therefore we are all, in some sense, idealists.

The need to link the real and ideal is a perpetual tension, never resolved so long as life persists, but always productive of new, attempted solutions.

[Anthony Storr]
The Dynamics of Creation, p.237