Raw Emotion is not Art

(“Botitas” acrylic on canvas, 70x80cm Private Collection United States, foto property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios, All Rights Reserved)

In the theatre, or in films or in anything where an actor performs, there is a transmission of ideas, emotions and dynamics. The dynamics are the ups and downs and the inevitable way they lead…or they should…to the climax. It’s what we see, feel and identify as energy. But the emotions, the feelings, the exchanges of dialogue, whether it is spoken or non-verbal, are all contrived.

In other words, the emotions are an artistic recreation that the actor, through his training, talent and ability, transmits. The great Theatre Director Konstantin Stanislavski, Director of the Moscow Art Theatre and writer of several books on one of the most popular acting forms, the Method, said, and I paraphrase, that raw emotion is not art.

Therefore it may be wise to apply this very important lesson, this idea, this profound statement, to all forms of art, because all art must be a means of expression and the expression is in the form of emotions.

I realised that when I was a Theatre student in university. I thought about that phrase for a very long time until it sank deep into my brain and I was able to make it a motto for myself and my work in art, in every form of art that I’ve been involved in, namely music, painting and poetry. Funny thing is that I did theatre work, writing, directing and producing but never acting…well, only once…as I never aspired to be an actor, instead I wanted to be a playwright.

In any event, I ended up painting and trying to express emotions with acrylics, oils, watercolours, pencils and pens, on paper, on canvas or on wood…

In conclusion I just wanted to state that all art is contrived and serves an artistic purpose, which is either to express an idea, a thought or an emotion but keeping in mind that it must also entertain…

(Francisco, by FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios)

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  1. Fizza_Reads · January 24

    Beautiful paintings and great article! 🙂

  2. Well done, as always.
    I hope you be fine and i hope you will spent a great weekend.
    See ya my friend 🙋

  3. jonicaggiano · January 24

    Bright colors rich with beautiful and interesting shapes. I especially liked “The Lost Tocos”. Striking work. Thanks for sharing. Love 💕 Joni

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 24

      Joni, thank you so much! I truly appreciate your words, your visit and that you liked my work. All the best, and my greetings from Valencia, Spain,

      • jonicaggiano · January 24

        I love your work. It is too bad I don’t have money to invest in art. My daughter commissioned a special painting from Fran Holt and it was of a beautiful memory. Art makes such an amazing gift. Your work is truly spectacular. I imagine you have regular shows and are very popular there. Also I visited Spain and fell in love with Madrid and Segovia. The people were so friendly, beautiful in every way. I would live there in a minute if I could, in a little village. You are fortunate to live around such diverse beauty not to mention the food. Thank you Francisco. Love 💕 Joni

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 24

        Thank you Joni, very much for such kind words. I truly appreciate it. Your words humble me. I agree that art is a great gift and original art from artists from your region or that you like is a great way to create a collection or give an impressive gift. Yes, Madrid and especially Segovia are beautiful cities. Spain is a beautiful country with many lovely places, I am sure, from what you say, that you would love this country. I hope that you can. And thank you very much!
        All the best to you,

      • jonicaggiano · January 24

        Thank you my friend for sharing your talents. Have a amazing weekend. Love 💕 Joni

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 24

        You too, Joni, enjoy!

  4. charlypriest · January 24


  5. janetsm · January 24

    Very revealing, deep, and interesting post. I like your “In conclusion” paragraph. You said you wanted to be a playwright. There’s still time.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · January 24

      Hello Janet, and thank you! There is always time, indeed…let’s see…All the best to you and have a great weekend!

  6. dumbestblogger · January 25

    Stanislavsky had some pretty good zingers. Another one I like is “Do you love art, or merely your place in art?”

  7. tiffanyarpdaleo · January 25

    So impressive, I love your style!

  8. equipsblog · February 10

    Like the paintings and the truth in the observation. Nice!

  9. Anna Waldherr · February 12

    I have always had difficulty w/ non-representational art, e.g. works by Jackson Pollock. There seems no effort to communicate w/ the viewer. Such communication is, I believe, essential. It is the reason we can still appreciate cave art, despite the passage of time.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · February 12

      I quite agree and yes, cave art is communication at a very precise level. Pollock says nothing to me and whenever I’ve gone to a Pollock exhibition I’ve gone through it in five minutes. And yes, communication is essential because art is a language…thank you so much Anna, it is always such a pleasure to read your comments and your insights as they teach me so many things.

      • Anna Waldherr · February 12

        You are very kind, Francisco. I find your website engaging on many levels. It is a pleasure to visit!

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · February 12

        Thank you 🙏🏻 Anna, that really means a lot to me and I appreciate it. I thoroughly enjoy reading your site as well and I know it is interesting as well as very informative. Wishing you a lovely evening and good night from Spain 🇪🇸,

  10. conradbo · February 13

    Very interesting 🎨🎨🎨

  11. I like your work. Frankly I have always thought part of the art world had to be the audience. if it has no meaning except to exist, don’t see it as art. That’s my opinion. Keep Smiling

  12. zita666479 · March 13

    The artwork is fantastic! The only art talent that I have is my writing, my daughter, on the other hand, has taken a liking to computer art!

  13. Bailey Mc Jarrow · April 8

    I love your art and even more what you have to say about it. It’s really in depth and insightful. I respect what you’ve done here, it’s really admirable.
    I am trying to grow my page, I have given you a follow and like.
    I would really appreciate it if you just gave my page a look.
    Thank you so much

  14. arteartemiou · April 11

    Thanks for this, Francisco!

    What’s your view on the use of raw emotion in improvisation as a way to gather material for a performance?

    Also, do you believe an actor ought to go with a raw emotion that comes spontaenously during a performance or actively work against it to remain with the contrived art?

    Thanks again 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your great comments and for participating…I always say that artists…in all the arts…should engage in discussions and learn that way…
      As a way to get the emotion down of your character, you must use the memory of events that brought forth in you raw emotions. That is part of the work an actor must do in order to create his character. Raw emotion does not come spontaneously, it is always triggered by a major stressor, or a major stimulus and in the theatre we do not react spontaneously, it is all created, contrived artistically and controlled. Raw emotions are too powerful and uncontrollable. But that does not mean that the emotion that you recreate is false, it must be real, but you bring it forth from a prior memory and apply it to the demands the script places upon your character. The emotion of the performance cannot interfere with the emotion of the character. You must always remain ‘in character’ at all times during the performance. During the time that you have worked on creating your character, you have also worked on the emotion. To create the emotion ‘artistically’ you draw upon your life, your past and those events which created in you a similar response. I hope I was able to reply adequately. Thanks again for your participation, and let us all keep up the discussion on art.
      All the best,

      • arteartemiou · April 11

        Great answer, thank you!

        Are you familiar with the work of Odin Teatret and the Third Theatre?

      • You’re welcome, my pleasure. Odín Teatret is interesting and their intensity is enjoyable as is their training, especially physical…but I am not familiar with their repertoire as I’ve been living far removed from Theatre now for several years.

      • arteartemiou · April 11

        Thanks for the chat! 🙂

      • My pleasure 😊

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