Art and Emotion
is but a hard-to-please mistress who wants everything and yields
to nothing, save death. Who is the true creator pleased with his
works, who fails to see all its imperfections, who fails to see
his meager creations, who fails to see the long way that remains
to be travelled ?
mon travail, I don't always do what I must achieve; however, I
always do what I desire. When I, miraculously, bring together
both of these principles, my works may hold the road.
the case, I endeavour to instill nobleness and sway in the art I
offer to mankind, to the ones willing to bend over my works. I
insert what I think, or at least assume, to be the qualities of
my heart. I celebrate in a hymn or in an incantation, in the
peacefulness or the storm and in a permanent and invariable quest
for an ideal, my ideal. Love is the mainspring that makes me move
forward, the love that gives something to men and contends
against ignorance and gloom.
the artist boasts an ideal, he is happy, for Art no longer
represents an aim for him, but it has become a means. Never
consign to oblivion the fact that glory, praise and fashion are
but fleeing and that your works remain. Creator, you stand face
to face with two critics: yourself, you who must be
uncompromising and inflexible (can you lie to yourself? If you
can, quickly take another job then!) and the time that goes by,
the time which makes the second work, for this one will prove you
either wrong or right. (Console yourself, for time will also take
care of all those who attacked you; they will not come better out
of it. I actually do not want to be in the shoes of those who
condemned Beethoven's quartets!)
can time's power do against time's justice?
in your own language, you have something to say, say it!
alas, for those who do not grasp its meaning, they can do nothing
else except learn it. Work for your era and leave your marks on
it. But take care of doing it with a timeless attitude for
everything that is fashionable soon becomes out of fashion!
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. (But isn't
it that being the slave of art is a mere blessing from God?)
artist must have the most rigorous and the most relentless code
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