I recently opened a book of essays by John Berger that has been collecting dust on the shelf. It’s “Selected Essays”.
For those who are not familiar with him he’s written a lot about art and artists among other things.
Here’s a quote from his essay “A Professional Secret”.
“Without a pictorial language, nobody can render what they see. With one, they may stop seeing. Such is the odd dialect of the practice of painting or drawing appearances since art began.”
In other essays he talks about what’s behind the pigment and canvas as well as what’s in front of it.