I've often read
on this forum that a good painting needs to tell a story. I’m not sure that that’s true.
At least, I’m not sure it has to be a story of the traditional narrative/illustrative
kind. I guess such stories are ok if you're painting illustrations for kid's story
books, or a scene from history, or a religious story but can’t a painting be
good without this sort of story. Are stories necessary? If so, what other sorts of stories might a good painting
tell? Are there great paintings that don't tell a story?