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DOROTHEA TANNING ~ ON ART

in Quoting the Artist ~ Thoughts and Thinking... by
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“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

GIORGIO MORANDI ~ CONSCIOUSNESS, UNCONSCIOUSNESS…

in Art & the Unconscious Mind by
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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

in Women and their Passion for Books by
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Carl Larsson

Karin Reading, 1904

I love books, I love to read, I love to look at books, love to touch books…

Monique

IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE…

in The Melody of Art by
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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

CHILDE HASSAM ~ ON TRUE IMPRESSIONISM

in Passion Of Art by
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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

ANTONI TAPIES ~ ART AND THE MEANING OF LIFE

in Art & the Unconscious Mind/Passion Of Art by
Antoni Tàpies

“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

in Passion Of Art/The words that make sense... brilliant writings by writers... by
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“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.”

Oscar Wilde

OPHELIA ~ A TORMENTED SOUL

in Art & the Unconscious Mind/Passion Of Art by
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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

in Passion Of Art by
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Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.

Arthur Schopenhauer

FELLINI ~ ON ART

in Just a bit of everything and everyone... by
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“All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.”
Federico Fellini

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