My mind is my shelter


Pierre Bonnard – The precision of naming takes away from the uniqueness of seeing.

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The precision of naming takes away from the uniqueness of seeing.”

“It’s because people have no idea how to look that they hardly ever understand.”

“The important thing is to remember what most impressed you and to put it on canvas as fast as possible.”

Painting has to get back to its original goal, examining the inner lives of human beings.

“It seemed to me that it was possible to translate light, forms, and character using nothing but color, without recourse to values.”

“Color does not add a pleasant quality to the design – it reinforces it.”

“Drawing is feeling. Color is an act of reason. You reason color more than you reason drawing. Color has a logic as severe as form.”

“The painter’s only solid ground is the palette and colors, but as soon as the colors achieve an illusion, they are no longer judged.

Art will never be able to exist without nature.”

A painting that is well composed is half finished.

Work on the accent, it will enliven the whole.

“One always talks of surrendering to nature. There is also such a thing as surrendering to the picture.”

“I am trying to give the impression one has on entering a room – what my eyes takes in at first glance: one sees everything and at the same time nothing.

You cannot possibly invent painting all by yourself.”

It is still color, it is not yet light.”

“When you forget everything there only remains yourself – and that is not enough.”

“The artist who paints the emotions creates an enclosed world… the picture… which, like a book, has the same interest no matter where it happens to be. Such an artist, we may imagine, spends a great deal of time doing nothing but looking, both around him and inside him.”

“What attracted me was less art itself than the artist’s life and all that it meant for me: the idea of creativity and freedom of expression and action. I had been attracted to painting and drawing for a long time, but it was not an irresistible passion; what I wanted, at all costs, was to escape the monotony of life.”

“It’s not a matter of painting life, it’s a matter of giving life to painting.”

“How many days have I spent alone with my cat… and when I say alone, I mean without a material being, for my cat is a mystical companion, a spirit.”

“The principal subject is the surface, which has its color, its laws over and above those of object.”

“Speaking, when you have something to say, is like looking. But who looks? If people could see properly, and see whole, they would all be painters. And it’s because people have no idea how to look that they hardly ever understand.”

“Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure, and express your pleasure strongly.”

Tête_de_Bonnard_(Portrait_photograph_of_Pierre_Bonnard),_c.1899,_Musée_d'OrsayPierre Bonnard



This entry was posted on 09/07/2017 by in Art, Inspiring views, Spirituality, Various.
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