„The only really Christian art is that which, like St. Francis, does not fear being wedded to poverty. This rises far above art-as-ornament.“
“An Unprejudiced Mind,” p. 317
Pretexts: Reflections on Literature and Morality (1964)
„Only through intuition does a work rise above more or less subjective expression. Different periods produce different feelings and conceptions, and in each period men differ. Consequently different art expressions even in a single period are not only logical but a tribute to the general development of art. Intuition always finds the way of progress, which is continuous growth toward a clearer establishment of the content of art: the unification of man with the universe.“
— Piet Mondrian Peintre Néerlandais 1872 - 1944
'A New Realism', p. 17
1940's, A New Realism', 1943-1945
— Eugéne Ionesco Romanian playwright 1909 - 1994
„Some teachers of mankind — as Plato… the first Christians, the orthodox Muslims, and the Buddhists — have gone so far as to repudiate art. …[They consider it] so highly dangerous in its power to infect people against their wills, that mankind will lose far less by banishing all art than by tolerating each and every art. …such people were wrong in repudiating all art, for they denied that which cannot be denied — one of the indispensable means of communication, without which mankind could not exist. …Now there is only fear, lest we should be deprived of any pleasures art can afford, so any type of art is patronized. And I think the last error is much grosser than the first and that its consequences are far more harmful.“
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
What is Art? (1897)
— Anzia Yezierska American writer 1880 - 1970
Of Poland, Red Ribbon on a White Horse, ch. 9 (1950)
— Dante Alighieri, buch Dantes Inferno
Canto XI, lines 103–105 (tr. Charles Eliot Norton).
The Divine Comedy (c. 1308–1321), Inferno
— Ernst Gombrich art historian 1909 - 2001
E. H. Gombrich, (1950, p. 15) cited in: Paul Smith, Carolyn Wilde (2008). A Companion to Art Theory, p. 428.
— Leslie Weatherhead English theologian 1893 - 1976
Quelle: The Christian Agnostic (1965), p.28
— Steven Curtis Chapman American Christian music singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, author, and social activist 1962
Press conference after 2007 GMA Music Awards http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5378840845486744543&q=steven+curtis+chapman
— Jean Dubuffet, buch Prospectus et tous écrits suivants
Quelle: 1960-70's, Prospectus et tous écrits suivants, 1967, p. 206
— Alexis Athenian poet of Middle Comedy -372 - -270 v.Chr
Fabulae Incertae, Fragment 34, 7.
— Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935
Light (1919), Ch. XX The Cult
Kontext: If, from the idea of motherland, you take away covetousness, hatred, envy and vainglory; if you take away from it the desire for predominance by violence, what is there left of it?
It is not an individual unity of laws; for just laws have no colors. It is not a solidarity of interests, for there are no material national interests — or they are not honest. It is not a unity of race; for the map of the countries is not the map of the races. What is there left?
There is left a restricted communion, deep and delightful; the affectionate and affecting attraction in the charm of a language — there is hardly more in the universe besides its languages which are foreigners — there is left a personal and delicate preference for certain forms of landscape, of monuments, of talent. And even this radiance has its limits. The cult of the masterpieces of art and thought is the only impulse of the soul which, by general consent, has always soared above patriotic littlenesses.
— Laxmi Prasad Devkota Nepali poet 1909 - 1959
कला र जीवन (Art and Life)
Art and Life
— Ralph Vaughan Williams English composer 1872 - 1958
National Music (1934) p. 123.
„A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist's world.
Just as a flower, by virtue of its existence as a complete organism is both ornamental and self-sufficient as to color, form, and texture, so art, because of its singular existence is more than mere ornament.“
— Hans Hofmann American artist 1880 - 1966
'Excerpts from the Teaching of Hans Hofmann', p. 59
Search for the Real and Other Essays (1948)
— André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951
Entry for November 23, 1940
— Banksy pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, and painter
„Commerce is so far from being beneficial to Arts or to Empire, that it is destructive of both, as all their History shows, for the above Reason of Individual Merit being its Great Hatred. Empires flourish till they become Commercial & then they are scattered abroad to the four winds“
— William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827
Public Address, Blake's Notebook c. 1810
„Art is a mystery.
A mystery is something immeasurable.
In so far as every child and woman and man may be immeasurable, art is the mystery of every man and woman and child. In so far as a human being is an artist, skies and mountains and oceans and thunderbolts and butterflies are immeasurable; and art is every mystery of nature.“
— E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962
"Foreword to an Exhibit: I" (1944)
Kontext: Art is a mystery.
A mystery is something immeasurable.
In so far as every child and woman and man may be immeasurable, art is the mystery of every man and woman and child. In so far as a human being is an artist, skies and mountains and oceans and thunderbolts and butterflies are immeasurable; and art is every mystery of nature. Nothing measurable can be alive; nothing which is not alive can be art; nothing which cannot be art is true: and everything untrue doesn’t matter a very good God damn...
„I love art, and I love history, but it is living art and living history that I love... It is in the interest of living art and living history that I oppose so-called restoration. What history can there be in a building bedaubed with ornament, which cannot at the best be anything but a hopeless and lifeless imitation of the hope and vigour of the earlier world?“
— William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896
"The History of Pattern-Designing" lecture (1882) The Collected Works of William Morris (1910 - 1915) Vol. 22