Friday, July 12, 2013

Robert Henri

Today marks the anniversary of the death of the great artist Robert Henri.  Besides his great work, he left us with inspiring quotes to put forth in our own artistic, work-

"Don't worry about your originality.  You couldn't get rid of it even if you wanted to.  It will stick with you and show up for better or worse in spite of all you or anyone else can do."

"Art is, after all, only a trace - like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness."

"Genius is not a possession of the limited few, but exists in some degree in everyone.  Where there is natural growth, a full and free play of faculties, genius will manifest itself."

"Pretend you are dancing or singing a picture.  A worker or painter should enjoy his work, else the observer will not enjoy it."

"Art is the giving by each man of his evidence to the world.  Those who wish to give, love to give, discover the pleasure of giving.  Those who give are tremendously strong."