Inspiration and acts of genius

The art historian Coomaraswamy defined “aesthetic shock” as a “state of shock and wonder at a work of art that occurs when the implications of its aesthetic qualities are experienced.” Educational psychologists have said that “aesthetic shock” can have a deeply positive impact on students, opening their minds and helping them think critically — in short, inspiring them.

Take inspiration from those who have expressed themselves freely. Such high achievers as the ones we present here have reached many people with their passions and skills.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Janis Joplin

Robert Bly on the Spiritual Athlete

Art Blakey

George Gallo demonstrates impressionistic landscape painting