Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ancient Thoughts

"If the man's mind is uninformed and his imagination dormant and his heart narrow, how can he breathe grandeur, vitality and feeling into his works." Aristotle

The Crayon, Vol.7, No. 6(Jun., 1860), pp. 153-165

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Watercolor. Circa 1913.
Signed in pencil lower right Nolde. On thin Japan. The colors fresh and vibrant.
Provenance: Georg Kurlbaum (until 1929); since then Private collection Berlin, later USA
Size: 228 x 330 mm

Emil Nolde Quote

"The artist need not know very much; best of all let him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes or walks"

Emil Nolde

Mallarme thoughts on Manet

Manet, when he casts away the cares of art and chats with a friend. . . in his studio, expresses himself with brilliancy. It is then that he says what the he means by painting . . . how he paints as he does. Each time he begins a picture, says he, he plunges head long into it, and feels like a man who knows that his surest plan to swim safely is dangerous as it may seem, to throw himself into the water. . . no one should paint a landscape and a figure by the same process, with the same knowledge, or in the same fashion; now what is more, even two landscapes or two figures. Each work should be a new creation of the mind.

Mallarme states about Manet thoughts.