“It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to... The feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.”
Vincent van Gogh
“Painting is the representation of visible forms. . . The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal.”
“REALISM, n. The art of depicting nature as it is seem by toads. The charm suffusing a landscape painted by a mole, or a story written by a measuring-worm.”
“He drove his kind of realism at me so hard I bounced right into nonobjective painting.”
“I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for.”
“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”
“We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality”
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