ultimate reason of art does not lie in the reproduction of the
visible, but in that of the invisible.
the bottom, of the ocean, I search for a carpet of snow. At the
mountaintop, I search for the great abysm. At the centre of the
earth, I search for a cloud.
constant quest is the combination of unity and contrast, the
harmony of mind and body, and the agreement of soul and
interiority is the secret of light. The silence is the secret of
interiority. The secret is the interiority of light.
may be the spark that opens wide the door to the universe of the
soul or to the cosmos of the mind.
purely and simply asks but for one thing: the artist's life.
artist is at the service of Art; Art is at the service of Man.
artist must be the slave of Art and not that of Man.
isn't being the slave of Art a mere blessing from God?
work of art is a gift; the artist is the one who GIVES by
offering himself to humanity according to the power of his heart,
of his soul, and of his spirituality. By giving, he exists. And
the more he gives, the more he realizes himself through humanity
and becomes, therefore, useful to Man. Thence, he can surrender
his soul in peace for he has achieved what his conscience
dictated to him.
doubtlessly makes us unearth more qualities and nuances than we
can naturally perceive in things. It expands our perception (Henri
acknowledge that self-denial is a quintessential quality. And I
feel the quality of a work of art according to this coefficient
and Art never get on well together; and if they do, it is at the
expense of Art.
I am like a leaf in a tree; this leaf does not have the pride to
oust and swallow up the tree which nourishes it. It, however,
possesses the conceit of playing its role of leaf. My importance
is that of being one among others and that those others are both
unity and multiplicity among themselves.
judges of an artist by the choice of his refusals (Paul Valéry).
Text Taken Down from the façade of a Roman Church in Normandy:
That who sees himself well gazes at himself well,
That who gazes at himself well knows himself well,
That who knows himself well sees himself well.
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