In preparation for this Friday’s Opening Celebration of Impressionist and Modern Masters (Dec. 8, 2007–March 9, 2008), the FAC Blog has gathered quotes — words of wisdom, if you will — from some of the artists featured in the exhibition.
I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need.
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters.
Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
I do not judge, I only chronicle.
–John Singer Sargent
Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up.
The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
–Pierre Auguste Renoir
Everything starts from a dot.
All good ideas arrive by chance.
When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.
New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements… the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture.
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
When I see a head from a great distance, it ceases to be a sphere and becomes an extreme confusion falling down into the abyss.
I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.