Friday, February 17, 2012

Painters speak...

Just found some wonderful sayings of some of the greatest painters the world has seen. Publishing them here, lest I should lose them.

Paul Cezanne:
It took me 40 years to find out that painting is not sculpture.

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.

All my life I have worked to be able to earn my living, but I thought that one could do good painting without attracting attention to one's private life. Certainly, an artist wishes to raise himself intellectually as much as possible, but the man must remain obscure. The pleasure must be found in the work.

Henri Matisse:
I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.

Hatred, rancor, and the spirit of vengeance are useless baggage to the artist. His road is difficult enough for him to cleanse his soul of everything which could make it more so.

Claude Monet:
It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.

Vincent Van Gogh:
I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.

I am not strictly speaking mad, for my mind is absolutely normal in the intervals, and even more so than before. But during the attacks it is terrible - and then I lose consciousness of
everything. But that spurs me on to work and to seriousness, as a miner who is always in danger makes haste in what he does.

I am risking my life for my work, and half my reason has gone.

I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.

Leonardo Da Vinci:
One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.

The color of the object illuminated partakes of the color of that which illuminates it.

He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.

Andy Warhol:
Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.

Fantasy love is much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.

I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of 'work', because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don't always want to do.

Salvador Dali:
You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.

The desire to survive and the fear of death are artistic sentiments.