Making the simple complicated is
commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.
The painter should not
paint what he sees,
but what will be seen.
The aim of art is to represent not
the outward appearance
of things, but their inward significance.
Abstraction is real, probably more
real than nature.
I prefer to see with closed eyes
Abstract art places a new world, which on the surface has
nothing to do with 'reality,' next to the 'real' world.
Abstraction allows man to see with
his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes... Abstract art enables the
artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the
finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an explosion into unknown
What does that represent? There was never any question in plastic art,
in poetry, in music, of representing anything. It is a matter of making
something beautiful, moving, or dramatic – this is by no means the same thing.
I want to
touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels
Vincent Van Gogh
I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or
depressing subject matter.
painting one must search rather for suggestion than for description,
as is done in music.
Abstract art should be enjoyed
just as music is enjoyed – after a while you may like it or you may not.
In painting one must search rather
for suggestion than for description, as is done in music.
Without art, the crudeness of
would make the world unbearable.
George Bernard Shaw
the elimination of the unnecessary.
Great art picks up where nature
In our fine arts, not
imitation, but creation is the aim... The details, the prose of nature, he
should omit, and give us only the spirit and splendour.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In a successful painting everything is integral –
all the parts belong to the whole. If you remove an aspect or element you are
removing its wholeness.
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor
imagination nor both together make genius. Love, love, love, that is the
soul of genius.
I do the same thing everyday. I go to work and
paint. I try to turn out as many pictures as I can.
The chief function of colour should
be to serve expression. Henri Matisse