That is artist’s job: takes mineral rock from dark silent earth transforms it into shining light-reflecting form from sky.
Subject-painting isolates, in both time and space, an action that normally would become lost in another action. Thus the painter arrives at a point of stabilization. The really great creative artists are those who, like Fiero della Francesca, give the impression that the stabilization has only just taken place, that the projection machine has suddenly stopped dead. All their subjects give the impression that, by some miracle of art, they continue to live, while ceasing to be mortal.
It was from the artists and poets that the pertinent answers came, and I know that panic would have broken loose had they been able to compare notes.
I must tell you that we artists cannot tread the path of Beauty without Eros keeping company with us and appointing himself as our guide.
Great artists are beings who, to quote Napoleon, can cut off at will the connection which Nature has put between the senses and thought.
An artist’s mission: to go beyond one’s limits. An artist who desires very little and achieves it has failed in life.