February 29, 2016

 In Musings

“In art, the genuine creator is not just a gifted being, but a man who has succeeded in arranging, for their appointed end, a complex of activities, of which the work of art is the outcome. Thus, for the artist creation begins with vision…The effort needed to see things without distortion takes something very like courage; and this courage is essential to the artists, who has to look at everything as though he saw it for the first time: he has to look at life as he did when he was a child…Great love is needed to achieve this effect, a love capable of inspiring and sustaining that patient striving towards truth, that glowing warmth and that analytic profundity that accompany the birth of any work of art. But is not love the origin of all creation?”

– Henri Matisse, 1953

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  • Cheryl
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    Well, I have to say that I love this quote!

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      Ann Grasso
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      Glad it resonated with you too, Cheryl.

  • Steve Lovelace
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    An artist is a courageous sherpa, guiding an audience on a trek, where art itself is not the destination – but a window on a journey. And both artist and audience must be open and honest with themselves for the richest experience.

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      Ann Grasso
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      Parking our egos at the door is difficult for both artist and audience, but a worthy goal.

    • Jan Brandt
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      Oooooooooo … well said Steve!

  • Jan Brandt
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    As I began to read the quote, I felt a slight frown coming from within … a reaction, I think, simply to the language being used. But then, an awareness of context and apparent time period arose and I softened into the writer’s meaning … we must allow love to flow as we create … and invite patience to accompany us as we strive for truth … Ahhhhhhhh – I love this quote!! Thank you Ann.

  • Susy Baquerizo
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    Courage, child, love. Three words that will resonate with a true artist. One that needs to express what he feels living in this world. He must stand in front of his work and knows that he has given the best of him

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      Ann Grasso
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      Currently I am reading a book, Art-Write by Vicki Krohn Amorose. In it she shares a point of view some artists promote:”Here it is. You think about it. I don’t explain what I do. You figure it out.” Susy, your comment offers that we need to stand in front of our work – and I would add, not hide behind it.

  • Elaine Law
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    What a deep and thought provoking quote. I love it and agree that love is the origin of all creation.

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      Ann Grasso
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      I wonder, does everyone agree that love is the origin of “all” creation?

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