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DON QUIXOTE ~ ON MADNESS

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“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

Don Quixote by Honore Daumier
c. 1865 – 1870

JAVIER MARIAS ~ ILLUSIONS

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“Illusions are important. What you remember can be as important as what really happens.”
Javier Marias

ERNEST HEMINGWAY ~ IMMORTALITY

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From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality.

Ernest Hemingway

FRANCISCO DE GOYA ~ LIGHT AND SHADOW

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“Always lines, never forms! But where do they find these lines in Nature? For my part I see only forms that are lit up and forms that are not. There is only light and shadow.”
― Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

El Quitasol, 1777

PICASSO ~ ART IS A LIE

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Stuffed Shirts (Les Plastrons)
Pablo Picasso – 1900
 We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”
― Pablo Picasso
Woman with feathered hat
Pablo Picasso.

A TRUE SENTENCE

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“I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

Ernest Hemingway

PABLO PICASSO ~ WHAT IS AN ARTIST?

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“What do you think an artist is? …he is a political being, constantly aware of the heart breaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.”
— Pablo Picasso

Picasso, The Tragedy, 1903

SALVADOR DALI ~ ON CONFUSION

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“You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life”
― Salvador Dalí

Photo Dali and his wife Gala

SALVADOR DALI ~ ON SURREALISM

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“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”
― Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí, painting The Temptation of St. Anthony, 1946

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.

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