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Lee Krasner Quotes and Sayings

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Painting...
in which the inner and the outer man are inseparable,
transcends technique, transcends subject and moves
into the realm of the inevitable.
- Lee Krasner

People were very affected by the war.
But it didn't mean you stopped painting unless you
were called into the Army;
then you just couldn't paint.
But otherwise one continued.
- Lee Krasner

I have never been able to understand the artist whose image never changes.
- Lee Krasner

My studio was on 9th Street between University and Broadway.
- Lee Krasner

 

In the late 30s the name Pollock was totally unknown and unheard of.
- Lee Krasner

As I say, I as an abstract artist was active politically.
- Lee Krasner

I knew de Kooning and I went to his studio so I knew about de Kooning's work.
But only a little handful knew about it,
you know.
Maybe there were ten people that knew about it.
- Lee Krasner

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You were told how much space so it was a matter of
whether you could send in two paintings or three paintings,
you know, pending where the show was being held.
You did submit work to be accepted.
Once you were accepted that was it.
You did your own selection of what went in.
- Lee Krasner

Well, let's say we acknowledged the School of French Painting -
the Paris School of painting as the leading force and vitality of the time.
I think that was understood and felt and experienced.
- Lee Krasner

Well, I'd say that the beginning of this thing came
through with Art of This Century,
Peggy Guggenheim's, where she opened this gallery and
began showing some things that caused a little talk,
amongst a lot of other things.
- Lee Krasner

With Jackson there was quiet solitude.
Just to sit and look at the landscape.
An inner quietness.
After dinner, to sit on the back porch and look at the light.
No need for talking.
For any kind of communication.
- Lee Krasner

At that point it certainly would be called abstract.
That is to say, you had a model and there'd be one
or two or three people there drawing the model but
otherwise you had abstractions all around the room,
even though the model was in front of you.
- Lee Krasner

My own image of my work is that I no sooner settle
into something than a break occurs.
These breaks are always painful and depressing but
despite them I see that there's a consistency that holds out,
but is hard to define.
- Lee Krasner

The procedure was that an artist got a mural and then
he would have anywhere from two to ten assistants depending
on the size of the mural and how many assistants he needed,
or she needed.
- Lee Krasner

The Jumble Shop would be one place where we'd sometimes
accumulate down in the Village.
I think it might be just a place that's unknown that
was right around the corner from wherever it was that we met.
- Lee Krasner

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
- Plutarch

A painting that is well composed is half finished.
- Pierre Bonnard

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
- Pablo Picasso

All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

I think of my peace paintings as one long poem,
with each painting being a single stanza.
- Robert Indiana

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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.
- Paul Cezanne

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
- Salvador Dali

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather,
and exposing them to the critic.
- Ambrose Bierce

My painting does not come from the easel.
- Jackson Pollock

Painting is easy when you don't know how,
but very difficult when you do.
- Edgar Degas

A good painting to me has always been like a friend.
It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
- Hedy Lamarr

Well, I am not interested in the kind of expression
that you have when you paint a painting with brush strokes.
It's all right, but it's already done and I want to do something new.
- Donald Judd

Most of the power of painting comes through the manipulation of space...
but I don't understand that.
- Jasper Johns

Painting is a source of endless pleasure,
but also of great anguish.
- Balthus

I have sworn to die painting.
- Paul Cezanne

Never invest in anything that eats or needs painting.
- Billy Rose

Painting, sculpture and architecture are finished,
but the art habit continues.
- Robert Smithson

No painting can tell the truth of a single instant;
no snapshot can do anything else.
- John A. Kouwenhoven

I still take photographs for my own use,
personal studies.
I do not feel that I can fully express my views through
the medium and this is why I have moved towards painting.
- John Dyer

It wouldn't be right for me to clown around when I'm painting a president.
- Norman Rockwell

Turning one's novel into a movie script is rather like
making a series of sketches for a painting that has
long ago been finished and framed.
- Vladimir Nabokov

I felt I was painting with a Popsicle.
- Robert Merrill

I'd asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions.
Finally one lady friend asked the right question,
'Well, what do you love most?' That's how I started painting money.
- Andy Warhol

If they were starting their careers today,
Rockwell and Picasso would probably both be painting on black velvet.
- Brad Holland

Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language.
I don't know what to say about what I paint,
really.
- Balthus

I still have an old painting the Colonel gave me.
It was the first time the Colonel had been back to
the Hilton since Elvis had passed away.
- Mac Davis

I think a painting is more like the real world if it's made out the real world.
- Robert Rauschenberg

Painting is a very difficult thing.
It absorbs the whole man, body and soul,
thus have I passed blindly many things which belong
to real and political life.
- Max Beckmann

My painting carries with it the message of pain.
- Frida Kahlo

When superstition is allowed to perform the task of
old age in dulling the human temperament,
we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry,
in painting, and in music.
- Denis Diderot

Painting and music were the only things I worked at
industriously and faithfully.
- Pierre Loti

The crucial discovery was made that,
in order to become painting,
the universe seen by the artist had to become a private one created by himself.
- Andre Malraux

Impressionism; it is the birth of Light in painting.
- Robert Delaunay

I think music has gone through a period of something very severe,
rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism.
- Harrison Birtwistle

Does any art have a practical value? People love to
talk about how expensive a painting is.
That's the only way we can talk about paintings in this century.
- John Guare

My hobbies are painting, crafts, and I like golfing.
- Nancy Kerrigan

But where there is no art show, I would still be painting.
- Tony Curtis

Ah, lives of men!
When prosperous they glitter - Like a fair picture;
when misfortune comes -
A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.
- Aeschylus

People whose understanding and taste in literature,
painting, and music are beyond question are,
for the most part, ignorant of what is good or bad art in the theater.
- Minnie Maddern Fiske

My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription
possible of my most intimate impression of nature.
- Edward Hopper

Now painting is different.
It's something recollected in tranquility.
- Jack Levine

If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens.
- Grandma Moses

If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.
- Peter Shaffer

It is no use painting the foot of the tree white,
the strength of the bark cries out from beneath the paint.
- Aime Cesaire

Painting is sometimes like those recipes where you
do all manner of elaborate things to a duck,
and then end up putting it on one side and only using the skin.
- Lucian Freud

There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured,
such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Painting is not for me either decorative amusement,
or the plastic invention of felt reality;
it must be every time: invention,
discovery, revelation.
- Max Ernst

With a painting, you don't have to go back and paint it again.
- Joni Mitchell

But, after all, the aim of art is to create space -
space that is not compromised by decoration or illustration,
space within which the subjects of painting can live.
- Frank Stella

I no longer worry whether a painting is about something or not.
I am only concerned with the expectation,
from a flat surface, of an illusion.
- William Scott

I see architecture not as Gropius did,
as a moral venture, as truth, but as invention,
in the same way that poetry or music or painting is invention.
- Michael Graves


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