On the essence of art


J. Porat - The Lady and The Hawker [1982]


J. Porat - The Monkey [1985]


J. Porat - The Doe [1986]


Art is the axe for the iced world inside us. [Kafka]

Art is the daughter of freedom. [Friedrich Schiller]

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced. [Leo Tolstoy]

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. [Pablo Picasso]

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs. [Pablo Picasso]

Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother’s womb. [Jean Arp]

Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain. [Georges Braque]

Great art picks up where nature ends. [Marc Chagall]

The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity. [Alberto Giacometti]

Art is not a pleasure, a solace, or an amusement; art is great matter. (Leo Tolstoy)



Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old [Franz Kafka]

Max Ernst (on collage): “Collage is the noble conquest of the irrational, the coupling of two realities,

irreconcilable in appearance, upon a plane which apparently does not suit them.”


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