Nature, as we say, does nothing without some purpose; and for thepurpose of making mana political animal she has endowed him alone among the animals with the power of reasoned speech.
I go for a walk in the forest of Fontainebleau. I get 'green' indigestion. I must get rid of this sensation into a picture. Green rules it. A painter paints to unload himself of feelings and visions.
You were aimed from birth: you will never be alone... The whole wide world pours down.
The purpose of my life had always been to free people from concern. I dubbed it, 'The church of freedom from concern,' or 'FFC.
The arts teach and moralise by their beauty alone, not by translating a philosophical or social formula. For the truly artistic person, painting has itself as it's purpose, which is quite enough.
I paint for the sole purpose of magnifying the privilege of being alive.
My aim is not to exhibit craft, but rather to submerge it, and make it rightfully the handmaiden of beauty, power and emotional content.
The principle of parsimony is valid esthetically in that the artist must not go beyond what is needed for his purpose.
The great end of all arts is to make an impression on the imagination and the feeling. The imitation of nature frequently does this. Sometimes it fails and something else succeeds.
Through the pursuit of beauty we shape the world as a home, and in doing so we both amplify our joys and find consolation for our sorrows.
The task of the artist is to make the human being uncomfortable.
Only just now awakening after years of materialism, our soul is still infected with the despair born of unbelief, of lack of purpose and aim.
Better passion and death than any more of these'isms'. No more of the old purpose done up in aspic. Better passion and death.
It's so hard to retain what your purpose is - or to even realize what it is.
The fundamental purpose of the artist is the same as that of a scientist: to state a fact.
The role of art for me is the visualization of attitude, of the human attitude towards life, towards the world.
Focus on a specific intention... A goal is often fueled by fear... An intention is fueled by a sense of purpose.
My art has nothing to do with servicing collectors, it's for living, for turning on with.
One of the functions of art is to offer a more desirable reality - a model, as it were, of another style of existence with its own pace and its own cultural reference.
I believe in the writer's mission. He receives it from the word, which carries its suffering and its hope within it. He questions the words, which question him. He accompanies the words, which accompany him. The initiative is shared, as if spontaneous.
We are trying to evoke and reinforce meanings from the spaces we cover and the times we're given. Short or long this becomes our purpose. What we artists do is important stuff.
A pilgrim is a wanderer with purpose.
Our chief usefulness to humanity rests on our combining power with high purpose. Power undirected by high purpose spells calamity, and high purpose by itself is utterly useless if the power to put it into effect is lacking.
Asked what role he believes art plays in society, Baselitz replied, 'The same role as a good shoe, nothing more.
When I make my work, I am making what I hope to be something functional - a space for individual contemplation and reflection. I want my art to be useful.
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