Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.
What could be more interesting, or in the end, more ecstatic, than in those rare moments when you see another person look at something you've made, and realize that they got it exactly, that your heart jumped to their heart with nothing in between.
If you give a child something very complex to paint, such as a bouquet of flowers or a natural landscape, if he is very good, eventually he will get back - like Cezanne - to the essential forms of what he sees.
Art is an experience, not an object.
Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.
Wherever art appears, life disappears.
I feel most real to myself in the studio.
The main thing is not to be dead.
Without ethical consciousness, a painter is only a decorator.
Painting that does not radiate feeling is not worth looking at. The deepest-and rarest-of grown-up pleasures is true feeling.
Painting is a medium in which the mind can actualize itself; it is a medium of thought. Thus painting, like music, tends to become its own content.
If one were to ask a painter what he felt about anything, his just response - though he seldom makes it - would be to paint it, and in painting, to find out...
A subject emerges from an interaction between my self, my I, and my medium.
In the end I realize that whatever meaning that picture has is the accumulated meaning of ten thousand brushstrokes, each one being decided as it was painted.
I have been continuously aware that in painting, I am always dealing with... a relational structure. Which in turn makes permission 'to be abstract' no problem at all.
It's not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous. It's more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.
Collage is the twentieth century's greatest innovation
Abstract expressionism was the first American art that was filled with anger as well as beauty.
One's art is just one's effort to wed oneself to the universe, to unify oneself through union.
It may be that the deep necessity of art is the examination of individual's and society's self-deception.
The problems of inventing a new language are staggering. But what else can one do if one needs to express one's feeling precisely?
For twenty years I read a book a day, from the time I was seven until I was twenty-seven.
The abstractness of modern art has to do with how much an enlightened mind rejects of the contemporary social order.
For me, the sketchbooks are more like a secret and wholly spontaneous jeu d'esprit and some of them I like as much as anything I have ever done. They are invariably without premeditation. I mean not only that I have no plan when I make them, I also have no plan to make them.
In a way, painting is like wine: it is as old, as simple, as primitive and as varied. Like wine, it is a very specific means of expression, with a limited vocabulary, but vast in its expressive potential.
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