My mind is my shelter


Wherever I go, I seek only for symbols of greatness.

„Technique is to me merely a language, and as I see life more and more clearly, growing older, I have but one intention and that is to make my language … Continue reading


“Don’t force the prize game on the ‘deserving young’. Idle philanthropy is a sort of disease.”

“It is all very well to form societies for the Encouragement of Deserving Young Artists, and people go at these things with a spirit of benevolence and a faith in … Continue reading


Appreciation of life is not easy.

„Appreciation of life is not easy. One says he must earn a living – but why ? Why live? It seems as though a great many who do earn the … Continue reading


We only ask for each person the freedom which we accord to nature.

 „The people I like to paint are “my people,” whoever they may be, wherever they may exist, the people through whom dignity of life is manifest, that is, who are … Continue reading


Age need not destroy beauty. Beauty is an intangible thing.

“Age need not destroy beauty. There are people who grow more beautiful as they grow older. If age means to them an expansion and development of character, this new mental … Continue reading


There are two classes of people in this world: students and non-students.

“I once met a man who told me that I always had an exaggerated idea of things. He said: “Look at me, I am never excited”. I looked at him … Continue reading


There is an undercurrent, the real life, beneath all appearances everywhere.

“There are many craftsmen who paint pleasantly the surface appearances and are very clever at it. There are always a few who get at and feel the undercurrent, and these … Continue reading


Thomas Eakins was a deep student of life. With great love he studied humanity frankly.

“The works of Thomas Eakins should be viewed and studied by every student and, in fact, every lover of the fine arts. Thomas Eakins was a man of great character. … Continue reading


It is harder to see than to express

“It is harder to see than it is to express. The whole value of art rests in the artist’s ability to see well into what is before him. This model … Continue reading


Spend your life in the love and culture of your personal emotions and sensations, and in the eager search for their clearest expression

“The real study of an art student is generally missed in the pursuit of a copying technique. [Some] students have become masters of the trade of drawing, as some others … Continue reading


The brush stroke is just like the artist at the time he makes it

The Brush Stroke “The mere matter of putting on paint. The power of a brush stroke. There is a certain kind of brush stroke that is both bold and bad. … Continue reading


Go to kindred spirits

“If you want to know how to do a thing you must first have a complete desire to do that thing. Then go to kindred spirits – others who have … Continue reading


All manifestations of art are but landmarks in the progress of the human spirit

“All manifestations of art are but landmarks in the progress of the human spirit toward a thing but as yet sensed and far from being possessed. The man who has … Continue reading


Cherish your own emotions and never undervalue them. We are not here to do what has already been done.

“Art, when really understood, is the province of every human being. It is simply a question of doing things, anything, well. It is not an outside, extra thing. When the … Continue reading

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