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The Art Spirit The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
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“There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual- become clairvoyant. We reach then into reality. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. It is in the nature of all people to have these experiences; but in our time and under the conditions of our lives, it is only a rare few who are able to continue in the experience and find expression for it.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“Do whatever you do intensely. The artist is the man who leaves the crowd and goes pioneering. With him there is an idea which is his life.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“You pass people on the street, some are for you, some are not.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“Cherish your own emotions and never under-value them.

We are not here to do what has already been done.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“Many things that come into the world are not looked into. The individual says 'My crowd doesn't run that way.' I say, don't run with crowds.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“Beauty is an intangible thing; can not be fixed on the surface, and the wear and tear of old age on the body cannot defeat it. Nor will a "pretty" face make it, for "pretty" faces are often dull and empty, and beauty is never dull and it fills all spaces.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“you will never find yourself unless you quit preconceiving what you will be when you have found yourself.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“Those who cannot begin do not finish.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“A GREAT PAINTER will know a great deal about how he did it, but still he will say, “How did I do it?” The real artist’s work is a surprise to himself.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“The work of the art student is no light matter. Few have the courage and stamina to see it through. You have to make up your mind to be alone in many ways. We like sympathy and we like to be in company. It is easier than going it alone. But alone one gets acquainted with himself, grows up and on, not stopping with the crowd. It costs to do this. If you succeed somewhat you may have to pay for it as well as enjoy it all your life.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
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“There is weakness in pretending to know more than you know or in stating less than you know.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“In every human being there is the artist, and whatever his activity, he has an equal chance with any to express the result of his growth and his contact with life. I don't believe any real artist cares whether what he does is 'art' or not. Who, after all, knows what art is?”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“A work of art is the trace of a magnificent struggle.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“There are mighty few people who think what they think they think.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“In certain books—some way in the first few paragraphs you know that you have met a brother.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“I have no sympathy with the belief that art is the restricted province of those who paint, sculpt, make music and verse. I hope we will come to an understanding that the material used is only incidental, that there is artist in every man; and that to him the possibility of development and of expression and the happiness of creation is as much a right and as much a duty to himself, as to any of those who work in the especially ticketed ways.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“Be game--take a chance--don't hide behind veils and veils of discretion... Go forward with what you have to say, expressing things as you see them. You are new evidence, fresh and young. Your work, the spirit of youth, you are the progress of human evolution. If age dulls you it will be time enough then to be ponderous and heavy--or quit. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to be young, to continue growing--not to settle and accept.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“Beauty is no material thing. Beauty cannot be copied. Beauty is the sensation of pleasure on the mind of the seer. No thing is beautiful. But all things await the sensitive and imaginative mind that may be aroused to pleasurable emotion at sight of them. This is beauty.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“An artist must have imagination. An artist who does not use his imagination is a mechanic.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“I am always sorry for the Puritan, for he guided his life against desire and against nature. He found what he thought was comfort, for he believed the spirit's safety was in negation, but he has never given the world one minute's joy or produced one symbol of the beautiful order of nature. He sought peace in bondage and his spirit became a prisoner.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“In great art there is no beginning and end in point of time. All time is comprehended.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“What we need is more sense of the wonder of life and less of this business of making a picture.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“The end will be what it will be. The object is intense living, fulfillment; the great happiness in creation.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“A man must be master of himself and master of his word to achieve the full realization of himself as an artist.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“Through art mysterious bonds of understanding and of knowledge are established among men. They are the bonds of a great Brotherhood. Those who are of the Brotherhood know each other, and time and space cannot separate them. The Brotherhood is powerful. It has many members. They are of all places and of all times. The members do not die. One is member to the degree that he can be member, no more, no less. And that part of him that is of the Brotherhood does not die. The work of the Brotherhood does not deal with surface events. Institutions on the world surface can rise and become powerful and they can destroy each other. Statesmen can put patch upon patch to make things continue to stand still. No matter what may happen on the surface the Brotherhood goes steadily on. It is the evolution of man. Let the surface destroy itself, the Brotherhood will start it again. For in all cases, no matter how strong the surface institutions become, no matter what laws may be laid down, what patches may be made, all change that is real is due to the Brotherhood.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“There are people who buy pictures because they were difficult to do, and are done. Such pictures are often only a record of pain and dull perseverance. Great works of art should look as though they were made in joy. Real joy is a tremendous activity, dull drudgery is nothing to it.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“Those who express even a little of themselves never become old-fashioned.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“I have heard it very often said that an artist does not need intelligence, that his is the province of the soul”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“All my life I have refused to be for or against parties, for or against nations, for or against people. I never seek novelty or the eccentric; I do not go from land to land to contrast civilizations. I seek only, wherever I go, for symbols of greatness, and as I have already said, they may be found in the eyes of a child, in the movement of a gladiator, in the heart of a gypsy, in twilight in Ireland or in moonrise over the deserts. To hold the spirit of greatness is in my mind what the world was created for. The human body is beautiful as this spirit shines through, and art is great as it translates and embodies this spirit.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
“Beauty is an intangible thing; can not be fixed on the surface, and the wear and tear of old age on the body cannot defeat it.”
Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

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