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Quotations about Art by Author

The Talmud

 We don't see the world as it is.  We see the world as we are.

Mark Tansay

 A painted picture is like a vehicle.  One can either sit in the driveway and take it apart or one can get in it and go somewhere.

Terry Teachout

 A masterpiece doesn't push you around.  It lets you make up your own mind about what it means - and change it as often as you like.  
[Wall Street Journal, Oct 17, 2009]

Don Thompson

 Just remember the key part of the word contemporary is temporary.
 [Quoted in The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of 
 Contemporary Art and Auction Houses

Leo Tolstoy

 Art is indispensible for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity.  [What is Art? 1896]

Leo Tolstoy

 The artist of the future will understand that to draw a sketch such as will delight dozens of generations or millions of children and adults, is incomparably more important and more fruitful than to paint a picture, of the kind which diverts some members of the weathy classes for a short time and is then forever forgotten.  The region of this art of the simplest feelings accessible to all is enormous, and it is almost as yet untouched.  [What is Art? 1896]

Kojiro Tomita

 It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet.  [Tomita was Curator of Asian Art Boston MFA]

George Tooker

 Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life.  There are as many solutions as there are human beings.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

At last I do not know how to draw.

Mark Twain

 It usually takes me about three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

Mark Twain

At the door of the Ufizzi, in Florence, one is confronted by statues of a man and a woman, noseless, battered, black with accumulated grime--they hardly suggest human beings--yet these ridiculous creatures have been thoughtfully and conscientiously fig-leaved by this fastidious generation.
You enter, and proceed to that most-visited little gallery that exists in the world--the Tribune--and there, against the wall, without obstructing rag or leaf, you may look your fill upon the foulest, the vilest, the obscenest picture the world possesses--Titian's Venus.
It isn't that she is naked and stretched out on a bed--no, it is the attitude of one of her arms and hand. If I ventured to describe that attitude, there would be a fine howl--but there the Venus lies, for anybody to gloat over that wants to--and there she has a right to lie, for she is a work of art, and Art has its privileges
I saw young girls stealing furtive glances at her; I saw young men gaze long and absorbedly at her; I saw aged, infirm men hang upon her charms with a pathetic interest. How I should like to describe her--just to see what a holy indignation I could stir up in the world--just to hear the unreflecting average man deliver himself about my grossness and coarseness, and all that.
The world says that no worded description of a moving spectacle is a hundredth part as moving as the same spectacle seen with one's own eyes--yet the world is willing to let its son and its daughter and itself look at Titian's beast, but won't stand a description of it in words. Which shows that the world is not as consistent as it might be.

There are pictures of nude women which suggest no impure thought--I am well aware of that. I am not railing at such. What I am trying to emphasize is the fact that Titian's Venus is very far from being one of that sort. Without any question it was painted for a bagnio and it was probably refused because it was a trifle too strong. In truth, it is too strong for any place but a public Art Gallery. Titian has two Venuses in the Tribune; persons who have seen them will easily remember which one I am referring to. {A Tramp Abroad]




The ultimate justification of the work of art is
to help the spectator to become a work of art himself.


Bernard Berenson