“The work of art will bring to light a new order inherent in things…the idea of unity.” Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) The Dream, 1897
“Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties” Emil Nolde (1867-1956) Mask Still Life III 1911 Irises and Poppies
“Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity” Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012) Some Roses and their Phantoms, 1952 Dorothea Tanning
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
Carl Larsson Karin Reading, 1904 I love books, I love to read, I love to look at books, love to touch books… Monique
William A. Breakspeare (c 1855-1914) If Music be the Food of Love If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.” William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
The true impressionism is realism. So many people do not observe. They take the ready-made axioms laid down by others, and walk blindly in a rut without trying to see for themselves. Childe Hassam Improvisation
“Art should startle the viewer into thinking about the meaning of life.” ANTONI TAPIES Barcelona, 1923 – 2012, painter, sculptor. Tàpies eschewed traditional painting materials and championed the use of all sorts of other materials long before arte povera became a fashionable critical notion. He did in fact invent a new form of material expression.
“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” Oscar Wilde
Ophelia (second version) 1863 Arthur Hughes (1832-1915) Ophelia in literature Russian novelist Fyodor Dostojevski , in the first chapter of his 1880 masterpiece The Brothers Karamazov, described a capricious young woman who committed suicide by throwing herself off a steep cliff into a river, simply to imitate Shakespeare’s Ophelia. Dostoevsky concludes that “Even then, if the cliff, chosen and cherished from long ago, had not been so picturesque, if it had been merely a flat, prosaic bank, the suicide might not have taken place at all.” Dostoevksy also depicts...