ABOUT ART AND ARTISTS AGAIN

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. Andre Gide (1869 – 1951)

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship … Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
Tom Stoppard (1937 – ), “Artist Descending a Staircase”

Everything you can imagine is real. Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso

I shut my eyes in order to see. Paul Gauguin (1848 – 1903)

An artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any interest in his paintings on display at that time. “I have good news and bad news,” the owner replied. “The good news is that a gentleman enquired about your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all 15 of your paintings.””That’s wonderful,” the artist exclaimed. “What’s the bad news?” “The guy was your doctor…”

After his wife divorced him, Joe asked his best friend, Bill, to fix him up with a blind date. Bill obliged. The next day Joe called up Bill and shouted at him angrily: “Bill, what kind of a guy do you think I am. That girl you fixed me up with was cross-eyed; she was almost bald; her nose was long, thin and crooked; she had hair growing on her face; she was flat-chested; and her ankles were as thick as her thighs”.
Bill answered: “Either you like Picasso, or you don’t like Picasso.

An artist had been working on a nude portrait for a long time. Every day, he was up early and worked late – bringing perfection with every stroke of his paint brush. After a month, the artist had practically finished the portrait. Since his model had already shown up, he suggested they merely have a glass of wine and talk.They talked for some time. Then as they were sipping their claret, the artist heard a car arriving outside. He jumped up and said, “Oh no! It’s my wife! Quick, take off your clothes!”

Abstract Art.

I think my Grandson best summed up my feelings about abstract art. We were looking at a painting with a wild mish-mash of colours and he asked, “What’s that?” I said, “It’s supposed to be a cowboy on his horse.” “Well,” he continued, “Why isn’t it?”

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