„One sunny spring day I heard the music coming down Karl Johan [street] and it filled me with joy. The spring, the sun, the music, all blended together to make me shiver with pleasure. The music added colour to the colours. I painted the picture [his painting 'Music on Karl Johan'] allowing the colours to reverberate with the rhythm of the music. I painted the colours as I saw them at that moment.“
„With the colour that paints the morning and evening clouds that face the sun I saw then the whole heaven suffused.“
— Dante Alighieri, livro Paradiso
The Divine Comedy (c. 1308–1321), Paradiso, Canto XXVII, lines 28–30 (tr. Sinclair).
„At that time [c. 1904 – 1905] I tried, by means of lines and by distribution of mottled points of colours [in his tempera painting on paper: 'Russian Beauty in a Landscape', 1905] to express the musical spirit of Russia. Other pictures of that period reflected the contradictions and later the eccentricities of Russia.“
— Wassily Kandinsky Russian painter 1866 - 1944
1916 -1920, Autobiography', 1918, p. 29
„I strive to make my art bear the same relation to painting that polyphony bears to music. Illustrative music is a thing of the past: it has become abstract and purely aesthetic, dependent for its effect upon rhythm and form.“
— Stanton Macdonald-Wright American artist 1890 - 1973
Quoted in Bryant American Pictures And Their Painters (1917), p. 302
— Albert Marquet French artist 1875 - 1947
As quoted by J. P. Crespelle, The Fauves, Oldbourne Press, London 1962, p. 66 one of the paintings which Marquet painted in 1898 at the Luxembourg Gardens was titled simply 'Le Luxembourg', see: Francois Fosca, Albert Marquet (Paris: Editions Nouvelle Revue Francois, 1922), pl, 16.
„A time will come when the picture will no longer be enough. Its immobility will become an archaism with the vertiginous movement of human life. The eye of man will perceive colours as feelings within itself. Multiplied colours will not need form to be understood and paintings will be swirling musical compositions of great coloured gases, which, on the scene of a free horizon, will move and electrify the complex soul of a crowd that we cannot yet conceive of.“
— Umberto Boccioni Italian painter and sculptor 1882 - 1916
1911, Quote in his lecture at the Associazione Artistica Internationale, Rome May 1911; as quoted in Futurism, ed. Didier Ottinger; Centre Pompidou / 5 Continents Editions, Milan, 2008, p. 55.
„As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight, and the subject-matter has nothing to do with harmony of sound or of colour. The great musicians knew this. w:Beethoven and the rest wrote music — simply music; symphony in this key, concerto or sonata in that... Art should be independent of all claptrap — should stand alone, and appeal to the artistic sense of eye or ear, without confounding this with emotions entirely foreign to it, as devotion, pity, love, patriotism, and the like. All these have no kind of concern with it; and that is why I insist on calling my works 'arrangements' and 'harmonies.“
— James McNeill Whistler American-born, British-based artist 1834 - 1903
1870 - 1903, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies' (1890), Propositions, 2 also in a letter to 'The World', London 22 Mai, 1878; as quoted in Letters of the great artists – from Blake to Pollock, Richard Friedenthal, Thames and Hudson, London, 1963, p. 186
„Life without playing music is inconceivable for me. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music, I get most joy in life out of music.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
„We are to remember, in the first place, that the arrangement of colours and lines is an art analogous to the composition of music, and entirely independent of the representation of facts.“
— John Ruskin, livro The Stones of Venice
The Stones of Venice (1853), Context: We are to remember, in the first place, that the arrangement of colours and lines is an art analogous to the composition of music, and entirely independent of the representation of facts. Good colouring does not necessarily convey the image of anything but itself. It consists of certain proportions and arrangements of rays of light, but not in likeness to anything. A few touches of certain greys and purples laid by a master's hand on white paper will be good colouring; as more touches are added beside them, we may find out that they were intended to represent a dove's neck, and we may praise, as the drawing advances, the perfect imitation of the dove's neck. But the good colouring does not consist in that imitation, but in the abstract qualities and relations of the grey and purple. Volume II, chapter VI, section 42.
„Music is not a hobby, not even a passion with me; music is me. I feel what people get out of me is this outlook on life, which comes out in my music. My music is the last expression of all that.“
— Arthur Rubinstein Polish-American classical pianist 1887 - 1982
Attributed, John Guinn (December 22, 1982) "Rubinstein Was His Music", Detroit Free Press, p. 8D.
„.. in my ideal of a good painting; there's unity. The drawing and the colour are no longer distinct; as soon as you paint you draw; the more the colours harmonize, the more precise the drawing becomes. I know that from experience. When the colour is at its richest, the form is at its fullest.“
— Paul Cézanne French painter 1839 - 1906
Quotes of Paul Cezanne, after 1900, p. 221 in: 'What he told me – III. The Studio'
„And then there came peace into their music, and the heavens and the earth sang together.
All this I saw in my dream, and all this I heard.“
— Khalil Gibran, livro Jesus, The Son of Man
Jesus, The Son of Man (1928), Context: "And now let us play our reeds together." And they played together. And their music smote heaven and earth, and a terror struck all living things. I heard the bellow of beasts and the hunger of the forest. And I heard the cry of lonely men, and the plaint of those who long for what they know not. I heard the sighing of the maiden for her lover, and the panting of the luckless hunter for his prey. And then there came peace into their music, and the heavens and the earth sang together. All this I saw in my dream, and all this I heard. Sarkis an old Greek Shepherd, called the madman: Jesus and Pan