Sculpture Quotes

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Henri Matisse
“You must forget all your theories, all your ideas before the subject. What part of these is really your own will be expressed in your expression of the emotion awakened in you by the subject.”
Henri Matisse

Michelangelo Buonarroti
“The greatest artist does not have any concept
Which a single piece of marble does not itself contain
Within its excess, though only
A hand that obeys the intellect can discover it.”
Michelangelo Buonarroti, I Sonetti Di Michelangelo: The 78 Sonnets of Michelangelo with Verse Translation

Criss Jami
“Authors can write stories without people assuming that they are autobiographies, but songwriters and poets are often considered to be the characters in their works. I like Michelangelo's vision, 'I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile

Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Louis L'Amour
“The key to understanding any people is in its art: its writing, painting, sculpture.”
Louis L'Amour, Education of a Wandering Man

“Art-making is not about telling the truth but making the truth felt”
Christian Boltanski

Munia Khan
“Stars are always dancing. Sometimes they dance twinkling away with the rhythm of your joyful heart and sometimes they dance without movement to embrace your heartache as if frozen sculptures of open-armed sadness.”
Munia Khan

Karen Blixen
“Dr Sass…maintained that in paradise, until the time of the fall, the whole world was flat, the back-curtain of the Lord, and that it was the devil who invented a third dimension. Thus are the words ‘straight’, ‘square’, and ‘flat’ the words of noblemen, but the apple was an orb, and the sin of our first parents, the attempt at getting around God. I myself much prefer the art of painting to sculpture”
Karen Blixen

Donald Hall
“As Henry Moore carved
or modelled his sculpture every day,
he strove to surpass Donatello

4. and failed, but woke the next morning
elated for another try.”
Donald Hall

J.R. Rim
“Your life is a sculpture, every day chip away.”
J.R. Rim

Robert Louis Stevenson
“Literature, although it stands apart by reason of the great destiny and general use of its medium in the affairs of men, is yet an art like other arts. Of these we may distinguish two great classes: those arts, like sculpture, painting, acting, which are representative, or as used to be said very clumsily, imitative; and those, like architecture, music, and the dance, which are self-sufficient, and merely presentative.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“Art depicts life and life depicts art.”
Bert McCoy

“If your educe sculpture to the flat plane of the temporal experience of the work. (...) the experience of the work is inseparable from the place in which the work resides. Apart from that condition, any experience of the work is a deception.”
Richard Serra

“The greatest masters have only made single statues, groups are always inferior; that is why Carpeaux, big though he was, is less so than Rodin, for he never knew how to make single statues. He did not know how to find his rhythm in the arrangement of the shapes of one body, but obtained it by the disposition of several. The great sculptors are there to prove it. Think of the masterpieces which we like most, all standing or seated, and one at a time, and they are not in the least monotonous. The connoisseur loves one spicy cake, but the glutton requires at least six to stimulate his pleasure.”
H.S. Ede, Savage Messiah

Ben Lerner
“Maybe I liked his sculpture more when I couldn’t get close to it, had to see it from a fixed position through a pane of glass, so that I had to project myself into the encounter with its three-dimensionality.”
Ben Lerner, 10:04

“With Michelangelo anatomical science is transformed into music. With him the human body is architectonic matter for the construction of dreams.”
Umberto Boccioni

Benvenuto Cellini
“I assert that the art of sculpture, among all the arts connected with design, is at least seven times greater than any other, for the following reason: why, sir, a statue of true sculpture ought to have seven points of view, which ought all to boast equal excellence.”
Benvenuto Cellini, The Autobiography Of Benvenuto Cellini

“Dance is moving sculpture.”
Pablito Greco

Danika Stone
“Just stop worrying about it,” she said quietly. “Just let the stone be what it wants to be. You can’t control everything, you know.”
Danika Stone, Intaglio: The Snake and the Coins

Caryll Houselander
“... those who seek the lost Lord will find traces of His being and beauty in all that men have made, from music and poetry and sculpture to the gingerbread men in the pâtisseries, from the final calculation of the pure mathematician to the first delighted chalk drawing of a small child.”
Caryll Houselander, The Reed of God

“A heart of stone is a sculpture? (Un cœur de pierre - Est une sculpture ?)”
Charles de Leusse

Patricia Robin Woodruff
“In poetry we pare down our thoughts into their most graceful shapes, like minimalist sculptures.”
Patricia Robin Woodruff

L.A. Fiore
“Logan's donating a sculpture to the town. He didn't want to make a big deal about it--wanted it on the down low, so they're doing a small unveiling."

"Down low, Gwen?"

"I know, aren't I cool?"

We all turn back to the scene across the street. I ask, "What do you think it is?"

"I hope it's a self-portrait, a nude one." Josh sighs.

Gwen and I eye him, but he has the faraway dreamy look about him. Clearly he's envisioning Logan naked. I lean over and whisper, "Whatever you're thinking, it's better."

His eyes narrow at me. "You are a hateful woman.”
L.A. Fiore, Waiting for the One

Hilary Mantel
“And looking down on them, the other Londoners, those monsters who live in the air, the city's uncounted population of stone men and women and beasts, and things that are neither human nor beasts, fanged rabbits and flying hares, four-legged birds and pinioned snakes, imps with bulging eyes and duck's bills, men who are wreathed in leaves or have the heads of goats or rams; creatures with knotted coils and leather wings, with hairy ears and cloven feet, horned and roaring, feathered and scaled, some laughing, some singing, some pulling back their lips to show their teeth; lions and friars, donkeys and geese, devils with children crammed into their maws, all chewed up except for their helpless paddling feet; limestone or leaden, metalled or marbled, shrieking and sniggering above the populace, hooting and gurning and dry-heaving from buttresses, walls and roofs.”
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

Kurt Vonnegut
“The statue was of a nude woman playing a slide trombone. It was entitles, enigmatically, Evelyn and Her Magic Violin.”
Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

“Under this spell we were really startled by being suddenly confronted by a priestly form. A second glance revealed, however, only a wax figure in priestly robes -- Ignatius, the patron saint of the church; but it was so lifelike that every one of us had started back at the first glance. (pg. 151, Antigua ruins, the Capuchin monks monastery,)”
Helen Josephine Sanborn

“Masterpieces aren't just limited to canvas.”
Anthony T Hincks

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