Posts Tagged ‘painting’

Gauguin

November 19, 2013

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Plagiarism is work—
there is always a demand
for fresh plagiarism

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To see the blue tree
of salvation is to be
blinded by mad dreams

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Philosophy is
art; nature is art; prepared
ignorance is art

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Each generation
must cultivate its taste for
great stupidity

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Civilization
is an expression of pure
mediocrity

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Power concentrates
the little machine of the
brain and gives it teeth

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The invisible
beast of revolution will
fire eternity

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The eye of virtue
assigns radiance to the
degenerate life

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The consecrated
individualism of
beauty is revenge

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There are two sorts of
senile critic: the scoundrel
and the old scoundrel

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Timidities of
sensation are scattered in
the ashes of form

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Vincent van Gogh

September 24, 2013

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Frightening dreams are
silenced only by the blue
of Man’s suffering

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If you hear a voice
within you, disregard it
with your inmost strength

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If you don’t paint the
stars, your soul is forsaken,
a wisp of warm smoke

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I am still far from
God, lost, a churchwarden in
the dirtiest hut

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Life is a yellow
storm on an orange sea—a
fantasy of love

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My heart is the slave
of conscience without courage—
small deeds, small mistakes

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Religion is a
terrible certainty of
high-minded reason

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My faith is a poor
fisherman who is always
remaining ashore

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Fallibility
and discouragement fire the
imagination

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Mark Rothko

April 27, 2010

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There is no such thing
as institutional art
that’s about something

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The decorative
is the elimination
of varied silence

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Antiquity is
a very large confined space
of eternal doom

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Human emotions
should hang as close to the floor
as is feasible

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Distortion is so
accurate . . . Clarity is
precisely nothing

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Museums are a
religious experience
without ecstasy

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An abstractionist
must fall back on the concrete
essence of living

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The largest unframed
pictures are a danger to
the small observer

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