Art & the Unconscious Mind

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GIORGIO MORANDI ~ CONSCIOUSNESS, UNCONSCIOUSNESS…

I believe that nothing can be more abstract, more unreal, than what we actually see. We know that… the objective world… never really exists as we see and understand it… has no intrinsic meaning of its own, such as the meanings that we attach to it. Giorgio Morandi  (1890 – 1964) Giorgio Morandi Natura Morta, 1929

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JULES BRASSAI ~ ON THE EXTRAORDINARY

“I don’t invent anything. I imagine everything… most of the time, I have drawn my images from the daily life around me. I think that it is by capturing reality in the humblest, most sincere, most everyday way I can, that I can penetrate to the extraordinary.” Jules Brassai

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EMILY DICKINSON ~ THE SPLITTING OF THE BRAIN

I felt a Cleaving in my Mind… as if my Brain has split.. I tried to match it – Seam by Seam - But could not make it fit. Emily Dickinson

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CARL GUSTAV JUNG ~ ON HAPPINESS

“The word ‘happiness’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness” Carl Gustav Jung

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ART OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS ~ ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM

Abstract Expressionism was an American art movement in New York City from the mid-1940s to mid-1950s, and was the first specifically American Art movement to establish worldwide influence. It demonstrated the energy and creativity of America in the post-World War II years, and was the first important school in American painting to establish its own aesthetic ideals of beauty, independent of European influence. The act of painting was regarded as more significant than the finished products, as painters sought to express their subconscious through art. Jackson Pollock, Willem de...

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ANAIS NIN ~ THE DREAM

“The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.” Anais Nin

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CARL JUNG – ON DREAMS

“Dreams are specific expressions of the unconscous which have a definite, purposeful structure indicating an underlying idea or intention. The general function of dreams is to restore one’s total psychic equlilibrium. They tend to play a complementary or compensatory role in our psychic makeup” Dr. Carl Jung Photo: Dmitri Kessels

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PAUL BOURGUET ~ ON DREAMS

“Dreams are but lies, says an old maxim; but when our last hour is at hand, and but a few brief minutes are left to what was I, pale lights that are fast growing dim, who can tell by what mark to distinguish you, O memories of the actual life, from you, O mirages from the dream life.” - Paul Bourguet Painting is Sadko, 1876 by Ilja Repin

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ALFRED KUBIN ~ MADNESS

MADNESS ALFRED KUBIN “A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free” NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS

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MAN RAY ~ IMAGINATION

“I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive.” Man Ray

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