„Art should never be a slave to commerce, but for all working artists that's exactly what it must be.“

31 January 2005
Unfit for Mass Consumption (blog entries), 2005

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„What artists call posterity is the posterity of the work of art.“

—  Marcel Proust, livro In Search of Lost Time

Ce qu'on appelle la postérité, c'est la postérité de l'œuvre.
Fonte: In Search of Lost Time, Remembrance of Things Past (1913-1927), Vol II: Within a Budding Grove (1919), Ch. I: "Madame Swann at Home"

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„Well, we will indeed see how things develop and what will become of our art! In any case, artists should remain apolitical and only think of their work and dedicate all their energies to this work.“

—  Wassily Kandinsky Russian painter 1866 - 1944

to Werner Drewes, 10 April 1933; as quoted in 'Klee & Kandinsky', 2015 exhibition text, Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau Munich, 2015-2016 https://www.zpk.org/en/exhibitions/review_0/2015/klee-kandinsky-969.html
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„Now art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic.“

—  Oscar Wilde, livro A Alma do Homem sob o Socialismo

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Contexto: Art is this intense form of individualism that makes the public try to exercise over it an authority that is as immoral as it is ridiculous, and as corrupting as it is contemptible. It is not quite their fault. The public have always, and in every age, been badly brought up. They are continually asking Art to be popular, to please their want of taste, to flatter their absurd vanity, to tell them what they have been told before, to show them what they ought to be tired of seeing, to amuse them when they feel heavy after eating too much, and to distract their thoughts when they are wearied of their own stupidity. Now Art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic.

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—  Gustave Flaubert French writer (1821–1880) 1821 - 1880

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—  Bram van Velde Dutch painter 1895 - 1981

Letter to H. E. Kramer, 25-10-1926, as quoted in: Bram van Velde, A Tribute, Municipal Museum De Lakenhal Leiden, Municipal Museum Schiedam, Museum de Wieger, Deurne 1994, p. 44 (English translation: Charlotte Burgmans)

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„Appearance should never attain reality,
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—  Friedrich Schiller German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright 1759 - 1805

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„Listen! There was never an artistic period. There was never an art-loving nation.“

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„All my work is in a way founded on Japanese art... Japanese art, in decadence in its own country, takes root again among the French impressionist artists.“

—  Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890

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