Monthly Archives: May 2016

No 341 Barbara Hepworth

“I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space; quite a different sensation from that of doing it for the purpose of realism.”  Dame Barbara Hepworth, who died in an … Continue reading

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No 340 Albrecht Durer

“Why has God given me such magnificent talent? It is a curse as well as a great blessing.” Albrecht Durer, who was born on May 21, 1471. (Jacob Jordaens was born on May 19, 1593 but I could not find a quote.)

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No 339 Gertrude Käsebier

“ The key to artistic photography is to work out your own thoughts, by yourselves. Imitation leads to certain disaster. New ideas are always antagonized. Do not mind that. If a thing is good it will survive.” Gertrude Käsebier, American photographer, … Continue reading

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No 338 A J Casson

“An artist in Canada can teach, starve, or go commercial.” A. J. Casson, a member of a Canadian group of artists known as the Group of Seven, who was born on May 17, 1898.

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No 337 Tamara de Lempicka

  “I was the first woman to paint cleanly, and that was the basis of my success. From a hundred pictures, mine will always stand out. And so the galleries began to hang my work in their best rooms, always … Continue reading

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No 336 Jasper Johns

“To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist.” Jasper Johns, who was born on May 15, 1930.

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No 335 Thomas Gainsborough

“I wish you would recollect that Painting and Punctuality mix like Oil and Vinegar, and that Genius and regularity are utter Enemies and must be to the end of time.” Thomas Gainsborough, who was born on May 14, 1727.

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No 334 Georges Braque

“There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.” Georges Braque, who was born on May 13, 1882.

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No 333 Dante Gabriel Rossetti

“Conception, my boy, fundamental brain work, is what makes all the difference in art.” Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who was born on May 12th 1828.

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No 332 Salvador Dali

“There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.” Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Pubol, known as Salvador Dalí, was born on 11th … Continue reading

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