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According to Friedrich Nietzsche, humans are primarily driven by two artistic impulsesโ€”the Apollonian ๐ŸŒž and Dionysian ๐ŸŒš.

In Greek mythology, Apollo was the god of reason, light, harmony, balance. He represented light, intellect, order, dreams. Apollonian art shines light to clearly define its limits, boundaries, individuation.

Apollonian art casts a veil over the viewer, inducing a dreamlike state, a world of fantasy. Much like a dream, it is wonderful to live in, but one tends to float away into the clouds; it is ultimately not real, it is but an illusion.

We then need the primal madness of the Dionysian to bring us down to ground reality.

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