L’amateur – The amateur

The Amateur (someone who engages in painting, music, sport, science, without the spirit of mastery or competition), the Amateur renews his pleasure (amator: one who lives and loves again); he is anything but a hero (of creation, or performance); he establishes himself graciously (for nothing) in the signifier: in the immediately definitive substance of music, of painting, his praxis, usually involves no rubato (that theft of the object for the sake of the attribute); he is – he will be perhaps – the counter-bourgeois artist.

Roland Barthes

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