Art is the lie that reveals the truth.
I have made a great discovery. I no longer
believe in anything. It is
not the object that matters to me
but what is between them: it is
that is the real subject of my pictures. When one
this state of harmony between things and one's self, one
state of perfect freedom and peace--which makes
possible and right. Life then becomes perpetual revelation.
If you're going to be an artist, all life is your
subject. And all your experience
is part of your art.
A youngster told me recently that he was going to give
year to see if he has talent. A year! It takes a
to see if you have it. Painting is total
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose
ourselves at the same time.
Art is the method of levitation, in order to
one's self from enslavement by the earth.
responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody;
it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to
Learn the rules like a pro,
so you can break them like an artist.
Where the spirit does not work with the hand there
is no art.
Leonardo da Vinci
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You cannot explain me with "isms."
They are very bad
for an artist. What one must believe in is
Artistic growth is, more than
it is anything else,
of the sense of truthfulness. The
that to be truthful
is easy; only the artist, the great
knows how difficult it is.
Were art to redeem humanity it could do so only by
saving us from
the seriousness of life and restoring to us an
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Somebody was saying to Picasso that he ought to
make pictures of things
the way they are--objective
pictures. He mumbled that he wasn't quite sure
would be. The person who was bullying him produced a
of his wife from his wallet and said, "There, you
see, that is a picture of how she
really is." Picasso
looked at it and said, "She is rather small, isn't she?
I don't paint things. I only paint the
difference between things.
|I have been in love with painting ever since I
became conscious of it at the age of six. I drew some
pictures I thought fairly good when I was fifty, but really
nothing I did before the age of seventy was of any value at
all. At seventy-three I have at last caught every aspect of
nature--birds, fish, animals, insects, trees, grasses, all.
When I am eighty I shall have developed still further, and I will
really master the secrets of art at ninety. When I reach a
hundred my work will be truly sublime, and my final goal will be
attained around the age of one hundred and ten, when every line
and dot I draw will be imbued with life.
It is only the untalented director who imagines him
or herself in every part,
wants his or her own thoughts and
emotions portrayed; it is only the
untalented who make their own
limitations those of the actors as well.
When anyone seriously pursues an art--painting,
composing--over twenty or thirty years, the
sustained discipline carries
the artist down to the countryside of
grief; and that descent, resisted
so long, proves invigorating. .
. . As I've gotten older, I find I am able
to be nourished more by
sorrow and to distinguish it from depression.
The artist must be in his or her work as God is in
and all-powerful; his or her presence should
be felt everywhere,
but the artist must never be seen.
|Every child is an artist. The problem is how
to remain an artist once one grows up.
When I was a kid I drew like Michelangelo. It took me years
to learn to draw like a kid.
we create or appreciate art, we set free the spirit trapped
That is why art arouses such joy. Art--whether skillfully
executed or not--
is the emotion, the pleasure of expressing life as it is.
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you have ever sat on a mountaintop and surveyed the country below,
you must realize that what you saw was even more beautiful because
the awesome silence which surrounded you. Art galleries
maintain a quiet
because curators realize that a painting viewed in the midst of
noise is less
beautiful than when it is contemplated in the midst of
silence. One really
cannot appreciate the great art treasures housed in museums on
noisy crowds gather around every object to be viewed. . . . The
of art will show itself in greater force in the midst of
silence. Not only does
silence enhance the beauty of art, but adds to the experience its
own sublime beauty.
whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art
tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.
I am interested in art as
a means of living a life;
not as a means of making a living.
Art when really understood is the province of every human being.
It is simply a question of doing things, anything, well. It
is not an
outside, extra thing.
When the artist is alive in anyone, whatever their kind of work
may be, they become inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing
creatures. They become interesting to other people.
upset, enlighten, and they open ways for a better understanding.
Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, they
open it, show that there are still more pages possible.
The world would stagnate without them, and the world would be
beautiful with them; for they are interesting to themselves and
are interesting to others. They do not have to be painters
sculptors to be artists. They can work in any medium.
have to find the gain in the work itself, not outside it.
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messier arts--clay, finger paints, and the like--are a
great choice for
freeing the mind and spirit.
There's something about getting your hands
dirty that can be very liberating. Just spread
out a lot of newspaper,
put on an old t-shirt to wipe
your fingers with and let yourself go. Slosh,
squish all you want. Feel your hands
smearing and slipping. Marvel at how the
mix or how many textures you can create on a glob of
Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a
pretty girl. An artist can look at a
pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better
artist can look at
an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be.
But a great artist--
a master--and that is what Auguste Rodin was--can look at an old
her exactly as she is. . . and force the viewer to see the pretty
girl she used to be. . .
and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an
even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old
and ugly at all, but simply
imprisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the
quiet, endless tragedy
that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen
in her heart. . . no
matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at
her, Ben. Growing old
doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be
admired--but it does to them.
Robert A. Heinlein
We talk too much. We should talk less and
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes him
or her its instrument. To perform this difficult office it is
necessary for one to sacrifice happiness and everything that
makes life worth living for the ordinary human being.
Art is a deliberate recreation of a new and
special reality that grows
from your response to life. It cannot be copied; it must be
remain the most astonishing activity of humankind born out
of struggle between wisdom and madness, between
dream and reality in our mind.
attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the
of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist
does not tinker
with the universe, but recreates it out of his or her own
and understanding of life.
and again Iíve taken quick glances and then for some
reason Iíve got to sit before a picture waiting and itís
up like one of those Japanese flowers that you put into water
and something I thought wasnít worth more than a casual,
respectful glance begins to open up depth after depth of meaning.
sculpture, music, poetry, and the emotions produced
by natural beauty of every kind, life would lose half its charm.
It can happen anywhere, anytime. You do not have
to be in some setting
hallowed by greatness, or in the
presence of an artist honored around the
Art can work its magic any time you are in the
presence of a work
created by someone who has gone
inside the act of creation to become
what they are
creating. When this takes place time stands
still and if our
hearts are open to the experience,
our spirits soar and
our imaginations fly unfettered.
You need these moments if you are ever to have a life
that is more than
the sum of the daily moments of
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