art & spirituality

henri matisse

Henri Matisse: "There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted." (7) "An artist has to look at life as he did when he was a child."

So again, forget your history, be as a blank sheet. When you make art, look at art and when living your life.

Jean Dubuffet. A primitive, childlike drawing of a person. His head as large and as round as his body, with crab-like arms and legs like matchsticks. Made with paint and sand. From the artist Jean Dubuffet. Together with others, including Andre Breton, he formed the Compagnie de l’Art Brut in 1948 and strove to seek out and collect works of extreme individuality and inventiveness by creators who were not only untrained artists but often had little concept of an art gallery or even any other forms of art other than their own. They probably don't even call themselves 'artist' or what they create 'art'. Dubuffet’s concept of Art Brut, or Raw Art, or Outsider Art, was of works that were in their “raw” state, uncooked by cultural and artistic influences. Without history! (6)
Jean Dubuffet

georg baselitz

Georg Baselitz
wants you to look at the world while standing on your head". He doesn't want you to look only to the image! He wants you to see the painting. (7)
The same as the painting "this is not a pipe" from surrealist René Magritte. Try to fill the pipe with tobacco! (8)
rene magritte


jackson pollock

Jackson Pollock took a step further. He believed that dripped and poured canvases eliminated all recognizable imagery and that an act of painting was an act of self-realization. Pollock became one of the most famous painters for his style: pouring, flicking and dripping onto canvas laid out on the floor. Jack the Dripper he was called. Pollock believed that the “action” of the artist tapped into the subconscious; what you call automatism. (9) The term "automatism " (10) most often refers to a technique of subconscious drawing in which the artist allows his unconscious mind to take control. Popular during the 20th century by Surrealist artists, who sought to unleash the creative force of the unconscious in art. Automatic drawing and painting was seen as the only way to escape from cultural, intellectual and historical constraints and unlock the basic creativity within the artist's personality.


Pollock, “Number 14 Grey.”



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