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Quotes of the Day for 8 September 2002 – Art

The quotes I've chosen today were supposed to be for yesterday, but I fell behind. Yesterday was the birthday of two powerful American painters. Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses was born in upstate New York on 7 September 1860, and Jacob Lawrence was born at Atlantic City, New Jersey on the same date in 1917. Both were dramatic colorists with primitive, yet evocative, styles. It seemed the right time to choose quotes on Art, but I couldn't keep my eyes open long enough to narrow it down to a reasonable number.

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The quotes:

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
     - Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
     - André Gide, 1869 - 1951

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
     - Auguste Rodin, 1840 - 1917

No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.
     - John Ruskin, 1819 - 1900

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
     - Leonardo da Vinci, 1452 - 1519

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
     - Pablo Picasso, 1881 - 1973


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