For those who visit the Folk Art Collection at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, certainly we can feel like this. Within the folk art galleries we find a fantastic collection of art created by people who had no formal training whatsoever.
Within the villages that were home to these "naive artists", art was commissioned, just as it may be today. Only in their community, perhaps a farmer wanted to prove to everyone else in his community that he was the owner of the best livestock. And so the artist created a picture of the farmer standing beside his prize heifer. Its size is greatly exaggerated so that now we may look at it and laugh; and yet it conveyed a powerful message on behalf of that farmer to all in the community.
One of the first paintings you may see in the folk art collection depicts a bear baiting scene. Men look on eagerly as a dog torments a restrained bear. We may look at that now and think how terrible, how primitive they were, as we can see clearly now with our refined sensibilities; certainly the subject of this painting is not politically correct to our way of viewing things, our consciences so finely- tuned. And yet... the very openness and simplicity and directness of the painting speaks to us.
When I walk around these galleries I feel a curious sense of peace and freedom, as if I'm transported out of our complex, anxiety-ridden, stressful world into that simpler life.
I believe there is much to reflect on as we wander around the world of British Folk Art.