Antoni Tapies ~ Art And The Meaning Of Life
"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.
Oscar Wilde ~ A Work Of Art
“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.”
Oscar Wilde
Ophelia ~ A Tormented Soul
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 the heroine Grushenka as Ophelia, binding the two through the words "Woe is me!" in the chapter entitled "The First Torment."
Schopenhauer ~ Royal Art
Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Fellini ~ On Art
"All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography."
Federico Fellini
Oskar Kokoschka ~ Dreams And Visions
True dreams and visions should be as visible to the artist as the phenomena of the objective world.
Oskar Kokoschka
Brett Whiteley ~ The Meaning Of Existence
The fine art of painting, which is the bastard of alchemy, always has been always will be, a game. The rules of the game are quite simple: in a given arena, on as many psychic fronts as the talent allows, one must visually describe, the centre of the meaning of existence.
Brett Whiteley (Australian artist, 1939-1992)
Mark Rothko ~ The Essence Of Academicism
It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.
Mark Rothko
Brancusi ~ The Essence Of Things
What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things . . . it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface.
Constantin Brancusi
James Ensor ~ On His Art
"My art tends toward the literary. My pictures tend toward the outskirts of painting: But why generalize? It is possible to realize one thing or another, according to the impressions gained from one point of view or another. But it is too difficult to make a general rule."
-- James Ensor
Photo James Ensor and Ernest Rousseau on the beach near Oostende (Belgium) ca. 1892
James Ensor, Masks Confronting Death (1888)