Small pictures since the Renaissance are like novels; large pictures are like dramas in which one participates in a direct way.
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I'm not an abstractionist. I'm not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I'm interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.
The most interesting painting is one that expresses more of what one thinks than of what one sees
A painting is not a picture of an experience, but is the experience.
There is more power in telling little than in telling all.
If you are only moved by color relationships, you are missing the point. I am interested in expressing the big emotions - tragedy, ecstasy, doom.
The artist invites the spectator to take a journey within the realm of the canvas... Without taking the journey, the spectator has really missed the essential experience of the picture.
Art to me is an anecdote of the spirit.
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