The blossoming of meaning

Paul Cézanne, The Garden at Les Lauves, oil on canvas, 26 in. x 32 in., 1906.

“The painter can do no more than construct an image; he must wait for this image to come to life for other people. When it does, the work of art will have united these separate lives; it will no longer exist in only one of them like a stubborn dream or a persistent delirium, nor will it exist only in space as a colored piece of canvas. It will dwell undivided in several minds, with a claim on every possible mind like a perennial acquisition.” 

From “Cézanne’s Doubt,” by Maurice Merleau-Ponty, 1945.