Words of Art: Inspiring Quotes from the Masters
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"The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire." --Auguste Rodin, French sculptor
Who better to speak about the creative process than the greatest artists in history? From Georgia O'Keeffe and Ralph Waldo Emerson to Pablo Picasso and Isak Dinesen, Words of Art is a celebration of the craft and the artists who have changed the way we see the world--and influenced how we create.
You can't ask Michelangelo how he felt when he first took a step back to look at the statue of David, or what Leonardo da Vinci felt when he began painting the Mona Lisa, but you can read their words and imagine for a moment how these stunning works came to be.
artist. I deliberately keep a tiny studio. I don’t want to be an architectural firm. I want to remain an artist. Maya Lin, American architect and artist If a building becomes architecture, then it is art. Arne Jacobsen, Danish architect A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature. Guillaume Apollinaire, French writer I strive for an architecture from which nothing can be taken away. Helmut Jahn, German-American
architect An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome. John Ruskin, English art critic If I had to say which was telling the truth about society, a speech by a Minister of Housing or the actual buildings put up in his time, I should believe the buildings. Kenneth Clark, English art critic All architects want to live beyond their deaths. Philip Johnson, American architect
Cartier-Bresson, French photographer There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are. Ernst Haas, Austrian artist In the same way the karate practitioner must aim through the block to break it, the artist must aim through the photo to the subject to find the elements that can barely be felt. Kitty Wallis, American artist CHAPTER 6 The Importance of Art Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at
important. Keith Haring, American artist Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist. René Magritte, Belgian artist Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us. Roy Adzak, English photographer and sculptor Art doesn’t transform. It just plain forms. Roy Lichtenstein, American artist There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge. Friedrich Nietzsche, German writer
by subtleties of modeling and nice pigmentation at the expense of losing the form. John Sloan, American artist I have to be clear of the form before I can really work out my problems there in terms of composition. Deon Venter, South African artist There’s no rule to say you must use only one style in a painting. It’s entirely up to you. You’re the artist; you’re the boss; it’s your painting. Marion Boddy-Evans, Scottish painter Style is simply the adoption of an arbitrary set of creative