"He made his colours, built
his stretchers, plastered his canvas, painted his pictures, carpentered his
frames, and painted them. 'Too bad I can't buy my own pictures,' he murmured
aloud. 'Then I'd be completely self-sufficient.'"
Irving Stone, Lust for Life, 1934; a fictionalized biography of Vincent van
"Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten"
Gucci family motto
"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion
that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract,
"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."
"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It
is either good or bad."
Salvador Dali (Spanish painter).
"There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain."
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when you
"The only thing that has ever made me feel old is those times where I allow
myself to be predictable."
"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the
"I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always
to be out of step with his time."
"Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the
production of genius, throwing the reader of a book, or the spectator of a
statue, into the very ideal presence whence these works have really
originated. A great work always leaves us in a state of musing."
"One can say then that in these photographs form and content are
indistinguishable which is to say that the pictures mean precisely what
they appear to mean. Attempting to translate these appearances into words is
surely a fools errand, in the pursuit of which no two fools would choose
the same unsatisfactory words." John Szarkowski re (Eggleston)
"such discussions should not be scorned, for they lead us tothe picture's
But the issue of the pictureitself must finally be met without words."
"We adore chaos because we love to produce order."
M. C. Escher
"Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the
Henry David Thoreau
"Ah good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness."
"Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten."
Gucci family slogan
"I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own
"It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to
sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning."
"No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist."
Ludwig Van Beethoven
"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."
"When your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme."