„How much does one imagine, how much observe? One can no more separate those functions than divide light from air, or wetness from water.“
— Elspeth Huxley, The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood
„If the Lord — who is the light of all things — vouchsafe to enlighten me, I will treat of Light; wherefore I will divide the present work into 3 Parts… Linear Perspective, The Perspective of Colour, The Perspective of Disappearance.“
— Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519
I Prolegomena and General Introduction to the Book on Painting
„The impressionistic method leads into a complete splitting and dissolution of all areas involved in the composition, and color is used to create an overall effect of light. The color is, through such a shading down from the highest light in the deepest shadows, sacrified an degraded to a (black-and-white) function. This leads to the destructions of the color as color.“
— Hans Hofmann American artist 1880 - 1966
1950s, Hofmann's quote in: 'Space pictorially realized through the intrinsic faculty of the colors to express volume' in New Paintings by Hans Hofmann (1951); also in Hans Hofmann (1998) by Helmut Friedel and Tina Dickey
„The trade of insurance gives great security to the fortunes of private people, and by dividing among a great many that loss which would ruin an individual, makes it fall light and easy upon the whole society.“
— Adam Smith Scottish moral philosopher and political economist 1723 - 1790
(1776), Book V, Chapter I, Part III, p. 821.
„The light would reach us more quickly in the morning and fade more slowly at night if the whole earth were divided into vast flower beds that called forth the light at dawn and clutched it longer at nightfall. Nature instituted summer for flowers long before man took summer over for his own uses.“
— Malcolm de Chazal Mauritian artist 1902 - 1981
„Within a person of light there is light, and he illumines the entire world. When he does not shine, there is darkness.“
— Thomas the Apostle Apostle of Jesus Christ
Gospel of Thomas (c. 50? — c. 140?), 24
„Divisionism is a complex system of harmony, an aesthetic rather than a technique.
The point is only a means.
To divide is to seek the power and harmony of color, through representing colored light by pure elements, and through employing the optical mixture of these pure elements, separated and proportioned according to the essential laws of contrast and graduation.“
— Paul Signac French painter 1863 - 1935
From Delacroix to Neo-Impressionism, 1899, As quoted in: Catherine Bock-Weiss. Henri Matisse and Neo-Impressionism, 1898-1908, Nr. 13 UMI Research Press, 1977. p. 20
„Darkness and light divide the course of time, and oblivion shares with memory, a great part even of our living beings; we slightly remember our felicities, and the smartest strokes of affliction leave but short smart upon us. Sense endureth no extremities, and sorrows destroy us or themselves. To weep into stones are fables.“
— Thomas Browne, livro Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial
Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial (1658), Chapter V
„This atmosphere of the Spirit-World, this creating and combining element, is Light—this originally: Warmth, if it do not again exhale, but bear within itself an element of duration, is but the first manifestation of this Light. In the Darkness of mere earthly vision, all things stand divided from each other; each individual thing isolated by means of the cold and unillumined Matter in which it is embraced. But in this Darkness there is no Unity. The Light of Religion arises!—and all things burst forth and rush towards each other in reciprocal order and dependence, and float on together, as a united Whole, in the One, Eternal, and All-embracing flood of Light. This Light is mild, silent, refreshing and wholesome to the eye. In the Twilight of mere Earthly vision the dim shapes which crowd in confusion around us are feared, and therefore hated. In the Light of Religion all things are pleasing, and shed around them calmness and peace. In it all unlovely shapes disappear, and all things float in the glowing Ether of Love.“
— Johann Gottlieb Fichte German philosopher 1762 - 1814
The Characteristics of the Present Age (1806), p. 268
„Perspective and Impressionism were tentative attempts to deal with the world of appearance because of a fear to look inside. Cubism is structure and order. Now both epidermis and order are no longer possible.... The accidental aspects of Impressionist composition are to be understood as a reaction. And the reaction of Cézanne is to be seen as a response to Impressionism. One cannot simply disregard Impressionism. As a dialectic antithesis it was important. The Impressionists had the idea of dissolution; they wanted to represent light, not bodies and not shadows, but light for itself. Frequently I find this tedious, but there is an idea behind it: Atomization is a modern idea..“
— Anselm Kiefer German painter and sculptor 1945
Structures are no longer valid', in "Ein Gespräch...", (1986) n.p.
— Mircea Eliade Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer and philosopher 1907 - 1986