Albert Pinkham Ryder Quotes | Quotes by Albert Pinkham Ryder
1The artist should fear to become the slave of detail.
2A rain-tight roof, frugal living, a box of colors, and God's sunlight through clear windows keep the soul attuned and the body vigorous for one's daily work.
3Modern art must strike out from the old. The new is not revealed to those whose eyes are fastened in worship upon the old鈥ave you ever seen an inch worm crawl up a leaf or twig, and then clinging to the very end, revolve in the air, feeling for something to reach? That's like me. I am trying to find something out there beyond the place on which I have a footing.
4It is the first vision that counts. The artist has only to remain true to his dream and it will possess his work in such a manner that it will resemble the work of no other... for no two visions are alike, and those who reach the heights have all toiled up steep mountains by a different route. To each has been revealed a different panorama.
5The artist needs but a roof, a crust of bread, and his easel, and all the rest God gives him in abundance. He must live to paint and not paint to live.
6Imitation is not inspiration, and inspiration only can give birth to a work of art. The least of man's original emanation is better than the best of borrowed thought.
7What avails a storm cloud accurate in form and color if the storm is not therein?
8The artist should fear to become the slave of detail. He should strive to express his thought and not the surface of it. What avails a storm cloud accurate in form and color if the storm is not therein?
9Who hath seen the Phantom Ship, Her lordly rise and lowly dip, Careering o'er the lonesome main, No port shall know her keel again... Ah, woe is in the awful sight, The sailor finds there eternal night, 'Neath the waters he shall ever sleep, And Ocean will the secret keep
10The artist has only to remain true to his dream and it will possess his work in such a manner that it will resemble the work of no other man.
11The artist should strive to express his thought and not the surface of it.
12The new is not revealed to those whose eyes are fastened in worship upon the old.
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