Contrary to what was then the conventional wisdom, the purpose of art,
Richard Emil Miller (1875-1943) told a Paris journalist, is not literary,
but decorative. Its mission is not to tell a story, but to convey a "pleasant
optical sensation." Yet who can look at Miller's Reverie
(cover ) and not see a thousand—and one—stories begging
to be told? On the other hand, neither has Miller violated his principle: Reverie does indeed convey a pleasant optical sensation.
M. Therese Southgate. Reverie. JAMA. 1998;279(24):1930. doi:10.1001/jama.279.24.1930