Feb 4, 2011
Famous Artist Quotes
Robert Henri Quotes
"The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable."
"Do whatever you do intensely."
"Art is, after all, only a trace – like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness."
"Don't worry about your originality. You couldn't get rid of it even if you wanted to. It will stick with you and show up for better or worse in spite of all you or anyone else can do."
"I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living."
"There is no art without contemplation."
"A tree growing out of the ground is as wonderful today as it ever was. It does not need to adopt new and startling methods."
"A common defect of modern art study is that too many students do not know why they draw."
"Color is only beautiful when it means something."
"Pretend you are dancing or singing a picture. A worker or painter should enjoy his work, else the observer will not enjoy it."
"Art is the giving by each man of his evidence to the world. Those who wish to give, love to give, discover the pleasure of giving. Those who give are tremendously strong."
we are saturated with life, because we are human, our strongest motive is life, humanity; and the stronger the motive back of the line the stronger, and therefore more beautiful, the line will be."
"Genius is not a possession of the limited few, but exists in some degree in everyone. Where there is natural growth, a full and free play of faculties, genius will manifest itself."
"A Curve does not exist in its full power until contrasted with a straight line."
"Get the few main lines and see what lines they call out."
"If a certain activity, such as painting, becomes the habitual mode of expression, it may follow that taking up the painting materials and beginning work with them will act suggestively and so presently evoke a flight into the higher state."
"The sketch hunter moves through life as he finds it, not passing negligently the things he loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the shorthand of his sketchbook."
"The most vital things in the look of a landscape endure only for a moment. Work should be done from memory; memory of that vital moment."
"Good composition is like a suspension bridge; each line adds strength and takes none away... Making lines run into each other is not composition. There must be motive for the connection. Get the art of controlling the observer – that is composition."
"Art tends toward balance, order, judgment of relative values, the laws of growth, the economy of living – very good things for anyone to be interested in."
"Concentrate on a single feature – as, build all toward one eye – make all lines lead toward that eye. (Robert Henri)"
"Feel the dignity of a child. Do not feel superior to him, for you are not."
"I have heard it very often said that an artist does not need intelligence, that his is the province of the soul"
"There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual- become clairvoyant. We reach then into reality. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. It is in the nature of all people to have these experiences; but in our time and under the conditions of our lives, it is only a rare few who are able to continue in the experience and find expression for it."