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‘Poll – Never a Truer word was said..’

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ART QUOTES, POEM CHALLENGES, POETRY, POLLS with tags , , , , on October 10, 2010 by echostains

There are lots of wonderful art quotes around.  Some artists are more eloquent and verbose or wittier than others – Picasso, for example could fill a book with his quotes (but more on this artist coming soon….). 

 

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 Without letting the art work influence you, I would like you to pick your favorite ‘truth’ from these 6 quotes.  Although all true, the one that I like the most has to be Camille Pissarro as this shows the artist’s eye to see beauty in everyday things and elevates them from the mundane into the profound.

But, then again – who could disagree with Chagall‘s reasoning about art picking up where nature ends – like it’s a natural progression?

I also like the idea of Matisse painting the ‘difference’ between things rather than the object.  It is this difference which makes great art.

 I cannot argue with a Leonardo Da Vinci quote (which isnt in the poll) when he’s says that painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt – and poetry is felt rather than seen.  See for yourself by pressing Mona Lisa, reading the poems dedicated to her – and maybe take part yourself:)

PS  Another has been added today!

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Quotes from Here and Here.

Pissarro image here Chagall image here Dali image here  Matisse image from here
Blake image here

 

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From the mouths of artists

Posted in ART, ART QUOTES with tags , , , on August 9, 2010 by echostains

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

There have been many great quotes about art and painting.   Sometimes it seems that if you are a great artist it automatically follows that you will utter a clever quote which will be taken down avidly by critics and fans and passed on.  Picasso was aways coming out with profound quotes, they just seemed to trip off his tongue:-

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary”

As a prolific painter, this was probably true.  There is something about being absorbed in a project that keeps the memento up as each experiment leads to a new discovery and the original concept (used as a starting point) starts to take on a completely different personality of its own.  It is the journey which is important to me personally.  A printed out bus ticket (the end product) needs the map to go with it to trace where the journey begins – and how it ends.

Mona Lisa

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen”

Leonardo da Vinci puts this so succinctly.  He was both profound and clever (though the two don’t necessarily always go hand in hand).  I like the way he juxtaposes poetry with painting, making each lyrical.  Poetry does indeed paint a picture with words in our minds and vice versa.

Great art picks up where nature ends”This quote is by Marc Chagall.  What does he mean by it though?  That art is beyond nature? above nature? unnatural?  or is he trying to say that art transcends nature – that we leave our natures and soar above ourselves like his famous flight paintings!

Chagall image from here Picasso image here and Leonardo Da Vinci here

Quotes from here

Chagall 'flight'

 

 

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Happy Birthday Dear Marc Chagall!

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, ARTISTS BIRTHDAYS with tags , , on July 7, 2009 by echostains
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It’s Marc Chagall’s birthday today!.  He was born in Belarus (then Russia) in 1887 – 1986.  Chagall was a Modernist and a world respected Jewish artist.  He also designed stained glass for Reims cathedral,  and memorial ceilings, he was also a print maker and worked in many different mediums.

stained glass, another medium Chagall worked with

stained glass, another medium Chagall worked with

Chagall  had his own unique style of Modernism, he drew on his own Eastern European roots and it’s own folk art.  He has also been linked to Surrealism and Expressionism, especially regarding his use of colour.

  He mixed Symbolism,Fauvism and Cubism.  Picasso was a great admirer.

I am The Village

Chagall was not a practising jew in his adult life, but you can see how he draws on his roots through his art.  His work is very beautiful and uplifting.  There is a sense of optimism and belief in something higher that breathes through his paintings.

Marc Chagall Magic Flute

Marc Chagall Magic Flute

A short  biography of the artist HERE

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marc-chagall-ceiling

A more detailed one  HERE

This artist is so famous he even has his own Gooogle Motif commemorating his birthday!

chagall google logo  You know you've made it when you get one of these!

chagall google logo You know you've made it when you get one of these!

 

Here is a list of links to post I have made so far concerning artist’s birthday.  I have tried to make it a rule that I actually LIKE the artists’ work!   Some artists I do like, I have not included so far, as their birthdays have clashed with something else I was writing about. Some birthdays I have only found out about when it was too late to include them , I mean to rectify this at a later date.

Rubens

Gauguin

Dali

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Pollock

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Duchamp