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Robert Henri Quote: “After all, the goal is not making art. It is living a life. Those who live their lives will leave the stuff that is really art.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Good composition is like a suspension bridge – each line adds strength and takes none away.”
Robert Henri Quote: “All outward success, when it has value, is but the inevitable result of an inward success of full living, full play and enjoyment of one’s faculties.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Strokes carry a message whether you will it or not. The stroke is just like the artist at the time he makes it. All the certainties, all the uncertainties, all the bigness of his spirit and the littlenesses are in it.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Keep a bad drawing until by study you have found out why it is bad.”
Robert Henri Quote: “A mountain seen in the haze of distance must nevertheless look a solid heavy mountain.”
Robert Henri Quote: “All education must be self-education.”
Robert Henri Quote: “I paint for the sole purpose of magnifying the privilege of being alive.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Find out what you really like if you can. Find out what is really important to you. Then sing your song. You will have something to sing about and your whole heart will be in the singing.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Personal experimentation is revealing, and once you get into it, immensely engaging.”
Robert Henri Quote: “There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.”
Robert Henri Quote: “A tree growing out of the ground is as wonderful today as it ever was. It does not need to adopt new and startling methods.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Do not expect pictures to say the expected; some of the best will have surprises for you, which will, at first, shock you.”
Robert Henri Quote: “An artist must first of all respond to his subject, he must be filled with emotion toward that subject and then he must make his technique so sincere, so translucent that it may be forgotten, the value of the subject shining through it.”
Robert Henri Quote: “The pernicious influence of the prize and medal giving in art is so great that it should be stopped. History proves that juries in art have been generally wrong.”
Robert Henri Quote: “All manifestations of art are but landmarks in the progress of the human spirit toward a thing but as yet sensed and far from being possessed.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Count on big lines to express your ideas.”
Robert Henri Quote: “A weak background is a deadly thing.”
Robert Henri Quote: “To have ideas one must have imagination. To express ideas one must have science.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Your only hope of satisfying others is in satisfying yourself. I speak of a great satisfaction, not a commercial satisfaction.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Genius is not a possession of the limited few, but exists in some degree in everyone. Where there is natural growth, a full and free play of faculties, genius will manifest itself.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Water runs down hill concisely. There is no quibbling about it. It does not have to run up hill in order to be entertaining. Man has always followed its course with fascination. The soul of man may reveal its mysteries through direct expression, simple speech, simple gesture, simple painting, just as the soul of the brook is expressed in full simplicity and economy.”
Robert Henri Quote: “It’s a wrong idea that a master is a finished person. Masters are very faulty; they haven’t learned everything and they know it.”
Robert Henri Quote: “There is weakness in pretending to know more than you know or in stating less than you know.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Lines are results, do not draw them for themselves.”
Robert Henri Quote: “An artist must have imagination. An artist who does not use his imagination is a mechanic.”
Robert Henri Quote: “The man who has honesty, integrity, the love of inquiry, the desire to see beyond, is ready to appreciate good art.”
Robert Henri Quote: “There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual- become clairvoyant. We reach then into reality. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. It is in the nature of all people to have these experiences; but in our time and under the conditions of our lives, it is only a rare few who are able to continue in the experience and find expression for it.”
Robert Henri Quote: “All the past up to a moment ago is your legacy. You have a right to it.”
Robert Henri Quote: “If you work from memory, you are most likely to put in your real feeling.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Let every student enter the school with this advice. No matter how good the school is, his education is in his own hands. All education must be self education.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Students work in schools making life studies for years, win prizes for life studies and find in the end that they know practically nothing of the human figure. They have acquired the ability to copy.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Because we are saturated with life, because we are human, our strongest motive is life, humanity; and the stronger the motive back of the line the stronger, and therefore more beautiful, the line will be.”
Robert Henri Quote: “There are pictures that manifest education and there are pictures that manifest love.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Be a warhorse for work and enjoy even the struggle against defeat.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Do not worry about your originality. You could not get rid of it even if you wanted to.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Work always as if you were a master, expect from yourself a masterpiece.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Fight with yourself when you paint, not with the model. A student is one who struggles with himself for order.”
Robert Henri Quote: “If you do not act on a suggestion at first, you grow dull to its message.”
Robert Henri Quote: “I am interested in the size of your intention. It is better to overstate the important than to understate it.”
Robert Henri Quote: “I can think of no greater happiness than to be clear-sighted and know the miracle when it happens. And I can think of no more real life than the adventurous one of living and liking and exclaiming the things of one’s own time.”
Robert Henri Quote: “To paint is to know how to put nothing on canvas, and have it look like something when you stand back.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Self-education only produces expressions of self.”
Robert Henri Quote: “The good thing about painting from memory is that so much is forgotten.”
Robert Henri Quote: “The artist should be intoxicated with the idea of the thing he wants to express.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Art is the giving by each man of his evidence to the world. Those who wish to give, love to give, discover the pleasure of giving. Those who give are tremendously strong.”
Robert Henri Quote: “The undercurrent and motive of all art is an individual man’s idea. From each we expect what he has to give. We desire it. It is absolutely necessary for him to give it out.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Many things that come into the world are not looked into. The individual says ‘My crowd doesn’t run that way.’ I say, don’t run with crowds.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Whatever you feel or think your exact state at the exact moment of your brush touching the canvas is in some way registered in that stroke.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Drawing is not following a line on the model, it is drawing your sense of the thing.”
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