How do you define art? What elements about it make it art? I favour Tolstoy's definition: A real work of art destroys, in the consciousness of the receiver, the separation between himself and the artist... If only the spectators or auditors are infected by the feelings which the author has felt, it is art. To evoke in oneself a feeling one has once experienced, and having evoked it in oneself, then, by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds, or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling that others may experience the same feeling — this is the activity of art. Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them. Leo Tolstoy on Emotional Infectiousness So, for Tolstoy, the core of art is its infectiousness—its capacity to infect the receiver with feelings which the artist has felt. What do you think about that?