Language as boundary, language as bridge...

"When it comes to fully experiencing a work of art, language can be as much a boundary as a bridge. Art criticism, no matter how eloquent and erudite, attempts to use one language to describe another, very different language but with no dictionary to assist the translation. Painting, sculpture, drawing, and other visual media on the highest level represents the creation of a language that is not read or spoken. It is comprehended with the eyes, the mind, and what we might call the heart,  our internal capacity to be deeply moved. This can render us speechless, when we find it difficult to put our responses into words. And why not, since we are dealing with a wordless language, like music?"

Findlay, M. (2012). The Value of Art. New York, NY: Prestel Publishing. p.189