Quotes 2

"Those same forces that drive a genius to create the things or ideas that entertain or enlighten us often gobble so much of his personality that he has none left for the social graces (Should you invite Van Gogh to your home he might stand on your sofa in his muddy boots or pee where he pleased), and the very act of creation requires such focused concentration that vast areas of knowledge may be completely overlooked. Well, so what? There is no evidence that generalized skills are in any way superior to specialized brilliance, and certainly that sputterless little candleflame of the mediocre mind known as 'common sense' has never produced anything worth celebrating."
> Tom Robbins,
"Even cowgirls get the blues"

"The devil made me undo it."
> Vincent van Gui

"I create my art on a computer, but I am not a computer artist."
> Henri de Toulouse-LaTech,
- further thoughts on Techno-Impressionism

"Hear us, kindly Rousseau.
We greet you,
Delaunay, his wife, Monsieur Queval and I.
Let our baggage through the Customs to the sky,
We bring you canvas, brush and paint of ours,
During eternal leisure, radiant
As you once drew my portrait you shall paint
The face of stars."
> Apollinaire,
- epitaph for Le Douanier Rousseau.

"I refuse to engage in hermeneutic hoochy-koochy."
> Henri de Toulouse-LaTech,
- refusing to discuss the 'real' meaning of his work

"Please contact me if you don't receive this message."
> Vincent van Gui,
- in his first attempt at using email.

"My originality consists in putting the logic of the visible to the service of the invisible."
> Odilon Redon

"My oeuvre is in two genres."
> Henri de Toulouse-LaTech

"...everything vanishes round me and good works rise from me of their own accord. My hand is entirely the implement of a distant sphere. It is not my head that functions but something else, something higher, something somewhere remote. I must have great friends there, dark as well as bright... They are all very kind to me."
> Paul Klee

"Real magic is creating life from common household objects."
> Henri de Toulouse-LaTech,
- further thoughts on Techno-Impressionism

"It hasn't been easy for me to remain ambivalent."
> Vincent van Gui

"My aim is to escape from the medium with which I work. To leave no residue of technical mannerisms to stand between my expression and the observer. To seek freedom through significant form and design rather than through the diversion of so-called free and accidental brush handling... Not to exhibit craft, but rather to submerge it, and make it rightfully the handmaiden of beauty, power and emotional content."
> Andrew Wyeth

"I'm drawn to you."
> Vincent van Gui,
- in an attempt at small talk at a singles bar

"If the users persist in misusing the system, it's time to stop trying to fix the users and fix the system."
> Henri de Toulouse-LaTech

"It is the mission of art to remind man from time to time that he is human, and the time is ripe, just now, today, for such a reminder."
> Ben Shahn

Last modified June 8, 1995

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