find their real instincts. Every now and
then there's an artist
who does and who makes something new and
actually thickens the texture of life.
But it's very rare. You have to be able
to be really free
to find yourself in that way, without any
moral or religious
are vain, they long to be recognised and
to leave something to posterity. They want
to be loved,
and at the same time
they want to be free.
But nobody is free.
as old as I am, it doesnt stop me
from looking at men...as
if anything might happen, as if life
were about to start
again; often when I go out in the evening
I flirt as if I were only 50. We ought to
be able to change
our engines. This is the artists
privilegeto be ageless. Passion
keeps you young,
and passion and liberty are so seductive.
When I paint
I am ageless, I just have the pleasure or
dont think people
are born artists;
I think it comes from a mixture of your
surroundings, the people you meet, and luck.
It is not hereditary, thank goodness.
was a really lousy artist
as a kid.
Too abstract expressionist
or I'd draw a ram's head really messy. I'd
contests. I remember losing
to a guy who did a perfect spiderman.
Michel Basquiat Quotes
am not a black
I am an artist.
Michel Basquiat Quotes
-- I wonder how that would sound...
neednt be a clergyman or a churchwarden,
but he certainly must have a warm heart
for his fellow men.
van Gogh Quotes
must possess Nature.
He must identify himself
with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare
the mastery which will later enable him
himself in his own language.
in a preconceived style, deliberately turning
their backs on nature,
miss the truth.
must recognize, when he is reasoning,
that his picture
is an artifice; but when he is painting,
he should feel
that he has copied nature. And even when
he departs from nature, he must do it with
the conviction that it is only to interpret
her more fully.
. I have always sought to be understood
and, while I was taken to task by critics
or colleagues, I thought they were right,
assuming I had not been clear enough to
be understood. This assumption allowed me
my whole life
without hatred and even without bitterness
toward criticism, regardless of its source.
I counted solely on the clarity of expression
of my work to gain my ends. Hatred, rancor,
and the spirit of vengeance are useless
baggage to the artist.
His road is difficult enough for him to
cleanse his soul of everything which could
make it more so.
choice of colors
does not rest on any scientific theory;
it is based on observation, on feeling,
on the experience
of my sensibility. Inspired
by certain pages of Delacroix, an artist
like Signac is preoccupied with complementary
colors, and the theoretical knowledge
of them will lead him to use a certain tone
in a certain place. But I simply try to
put down colors which render my sensation.
It is only after years of preparation that
should touch color
- not color used descriptively, that is,
but as a means of personal expression.
is a receptacle for emotions
that come from all over the place; from
the sky, from the earth,
from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape,
from a spiders web.
said to me 'If you become a soldier, you'll
be a general; if you become a monk you'll
end up as the pope.' Instead, I became a
and wound up as Picasso.
needs need new techniques. And the modern
have found new ways and new means of making
their statements ... the modern painter
this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the
radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance
or of any other past culture.
I say artist
I mean the man who is building things -
molding the earth - whether it be the plains
of the west - or the iron ore of Penn. It's
all a big game of construction - some with
a brush - some with a shovel - some choose
a beer. I'm a great
gimme a beer!
paints what he is.
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.
of a painter's
as it travels
from point to point, will be toward clarity..
toward the elimination of all obstacles
between the painter and the idea..
and the idea and the observer.. To achieve
this clarity is inevitably to be understood.
been busy since I started
- since I was a working artist.
If I wasn't showing in New
York I was doing work in Germany, or
I was doing portraits.