Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.
Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'
Nature is the art of God.
I can never understand how we have been able to follow these worn-out tracks, which have been laid down by panic in the face of nature.
I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.
All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.
Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
I was very much into buying contemporary art, but I've just decided I want to get rid of it all. Not that it's not great art, but all of a sudden my mood has changed, and I want to go back to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century masters.
I've always been fortunate in that I've been able to put myself in my own zone and relax. It comes naturally. I'm lucky to be that way.
In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking on a tightrope.
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God's help I shall succeed.
Everything has a natural explanation. The moon is not a god, but a great rock, and the sun a hot rock.
You say a new era in art is preparing; you sensed it coming; continue your studies without weakening. God will do the rest.
Few cross the river of time and are able to reach non-being. Most of them run up and down only on this side of the river. But those who when they know the law follow the path of the law, they shall reach the other shore and go beyond the realm of death.
The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions.
In imitating the exemplary acts of a God or of a mythic hero, or simply by recounting their adventures, the man of an archaic societydetaches himself from profane time and magically re-enters the Great Time, the sacred time.
All Nature is but Art, unknown to thee; All Chance, Direction, which thou canst not see.
The house is not an object, "a machine to live in"; it is the universe that man constructs for himself by imitating the paradigmatic creation of the gods, the cosmogony.
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
I always remain natural and follow my instincts when I work.