„Thank you for the tragedy. I need it for my art.“

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„You have no right to interfere with my art. Your wife is not your property. I need her, in order to finish my picture, I must have her! I will sue you! [the woman returned by persuasion of the Castaings who supported Soutine].“

—  Chaim Soutine painter 1893 - 1943
In: Life with the painters of La Ruche, Vorobëv Marevna, Macmillan, New York, 1972, p. 156. reacting to the husband of his model a railway gate-keeper; his wife had to pose a second session for Soutine's painting 'The siesta', in 1934

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„Religion is really an art form and a struggle to find value and meaning amid the ghastly tragedy of human life.“

—  Karen Armstrong author and comparative religion scholar from Great Britain 1944
Context: A lot of the arguments about religion going on at the moment spring from a rather inept understanding of religious truth … Our notion changed during the early modern period when we became convinced that the only path to any kind of truth was reason. That works beautifully for science but doesn't work so well for the humanities. Religion is really an art form and a struggle to find value and meaning amid the ghastly tragedy of human life.

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„My art is rooted in a single reflection: why am I not as others are?.. my art gives meaning to my life.“

—  Edvard Munch Norwegian painter and printmaker 1863 - 1944
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„The aim of my work: The study of nature, the love of nature's art, and the need to express what one feels in one's heart.“

—  Émile Gallé French glass artist and cabinetmaker 1846 - 1904
Ecrits pour l'art, ed. Henrietta Galle Paris 1908/Marseille (1980).

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„What art needs is greater men, and what politics needs is better men.“

—  William Saroyan American writer 1908 - 1981
Context: Wars, for us, are either inevitable, or created. Whatever they are, they should not wholly vitiate art. What art needs is greater men, and what politics needs is better men.

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„People have always needed art: but why have they needed it?“

—  Kenneth Tynan English theatre critic and writer 1927 - 1980
Context: People have always needed art: but why have they needed it? And what shaped the forms by which they satisfied their need? … In the arts form tends to be conservative, and content to be revolutionary; it is novelty of content that precedes, demands and imposes novelty of form. Review of The Necessity of Art (1959) by Ernest Fischer