Quotes of the Month

A small list of quotes that I’ve come across that I find especially relevant, inspiring and worth sharing…

 

“I arrange lines and colors so as to obtain symphonies, harmonies that do not represent a thing that is real, in the vulgar sense of the word, and do not directly express any idea, but are supposed to make you think the way music is supposed to make you think, unaided by ideas or images, simply through the mysterious affinities that exist between our brains and such arrangements of colors and lines.”

  • Artist Paul Gauguin, in Eugène Tardieu, “Interview with Paul Gauguin,” L’Echo de Paris, May 13, 1895

 

“There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage than the promotion of science and literature.”

  • George Washington, First Annual Address to Congress, 1790

 

“There are no women equivalents for Michelangelo or Rembrandt, Delacroix or Cézanne, Picasso or Matisse, or even in very recent times, for de Kooning or Warhol, any more than there are black American equivalents for the same… the fault lies not in our stars, our hormones, our menstrual cycles, or our empty internal spaces, but in our institutions and our education.”

  • Linda Nochlin, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”, ARTnews, January 1971

 

“Art for the most part, is about concentration, solitude and determination. It’s really not about other people’s needs and assumptions. I’m not interested in the notion that art serves something. Art is useless, not useful.”

  • Richard Serra

 

“… But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in our surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”

  • John Berger, “Ways of Seeing”, 1972

 

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