As much as I love them, it’s been awhile since I posted some artist quotes. As such, here are some of my favorites, from some of my favorite impressionists.
Édouard Manet, Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (English: The Luncheon on the Grass), 1863, oil on canvas, 81.9 × 104.1 inches
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” Claude Monet
“It is not enough to know your craft – you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more.” Édouard Manet
“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” Edgar Degas
“A work of art that did not begin in emotion is not art.” Paul Cézanne
“I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.” Henri Matisse
“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” Paul Gauguin
“Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There enough unpleasant things in the world.” Pierre-Auguste Renior
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing.” Camille Pissaro
Although 2019 is well underway, I have only written a couple posts in the past month. So, although a bit late, here are a few art stories from 2018 that I found interesting.
ABOVE: Maurizio Cattelan, America, gold sculpture
The Golden Bowl
Last fall, the White House asked the Guggenheim Museum if it could borrow Vincent van Gogh’s 1888 painting ‘Landscape with Snow’ to display in the living area of the President and First Lady. Nancy Spector, the deputy director of the museum declined because the painting was heading the Guggenheim in Bilbao. She did however, offer up Maurizio Cattelan’s 18-karat gold toilet ‘America.’ The White House declined her offer.
Art and the Opioid Crisis
In March, famed photographer Nan Goldin – herself, a former addict – lead a protest against Purdue Pharmaceuticals, which is owned by some members of the Sackler family, and is the maker of OxyCotin. The first protest took place in the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. A second protest took place the following month at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The protestors claimed that the Sackler’s are in part responsible for the opioid crisis in America.
It Pays to Take the Bus
In 2009, ‘Les Choristes,’ a pastel by Edgar Degas was stolen from a museum in the South of France. In February of 2018, it was found in the luggage department of a bus stopped at a gas station outside Paris. The artwork, which is worth an estimated $904,000, is set to go on display at the Musée d’Orsay sometime in 2019.