Friday, 8 April 2011

The artist’s inprint in all parts of his work - Rodin

This quote was first published in my newsletter "Notes From My French Easel" – March 2011. 

Oil painting, "Praying Hands" by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) – Source Wikimedia

" And the mind of the great artist is so active, so profound, that it shows itself in any subject. It does not even need a whole figure to express it. Take any fragment of a masterpiece, you will recognize the character of the creator in it. Compare, if you will, the hands painted in two portraits by Titian and Rembrandt. The hands by Titian will be masterful; those by Rembrandt will be modest and courageous. In these limited bits of painting all the ideals of these masters are contained."

Auguste Rodin (in “Art” translated from the French into English by Paul Gsell)

Flora (detail) by Titian – Source: Wikimedia

Related resource

No comments: