Demonstration of Caravaggio’s painting procedure. Angel Academy of Art
“Those who do not learn from the masters waste their lives re-inventing the wheel. Priceless knowledge has been sacrificed in the 20th century. Starting from nothing you can go nowhere, but, stand on the shoulders of giants, and you possess the tools and vision to travel far.” Michael John Angel.
Otto Dix by Hugo Erfurth
"All art is exorcism. I paint dreams and visions too; the dreams and visions of my time. Painting is the effort to produce order; order in yourself. There is much chaos in me, much chaos in our time."
“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 areas.”
"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."
- Pablo Picasso
"Painting is stronger than I am; it makes me do what it wants."
- Pablo Picasso
Photo by Gjon Mili
“One has only to look at a human face to find a soul, no feature deceives; hypocrisy is as transparent as sincerity. The inclining of the brow, the least furrowing of a look may reveal the -secrets of the heart.”
"Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for color, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential."
Wassily Kandinsky, photo by Hugo Erfurth
Jean Francois Millet, photo by Felix Nadar
“The most joyful thing I know is the peace, the silence that one enjoys in the woods or on the tilled lands.”
Matisse with his wife Amélie Parayre
Matisse was so committed to his art that he extended a warning to his fiancée, Amélie: “I love you dearly, mademoiselle; but I shall always love painting more.”
Marsden Hartley, 1942. Photo by George Platt Lynes.
"I believe until a man has given up himself he has given up nothing - all his knowledge of accepted aesthetics are of no avail until he has stepped aside from them and given up himself – himself only through the eyes of himself."
Letter to Alfred Sieglitz, June 1911, as quoted in Marsden Hartley, by Gail R. Scott.
"The artist is the person who makes life more interesting or beautiful, more understandable or mysterious, or probably, in the best sense, more wonderful."
- George Bellows, born on this day in 1882. Photo
"What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race."
- Amedeo Modigliani