I detest my past, and anyone else's. I detest resignation, patience, professional heroism and obligatory beautiful feelings. I also detest the decorative arts, folklore, advertising, voices making announcements, aerodynamism, boy scouts, the smell of moth balls, events of the moment, and drunken people.
The purpose of art is mystery.
Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.
People who look for symbolic meaning fail to grasp the inherent poetry and mystery of the images.
The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it's just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture “This is a pipe”, I'd have been lying!
To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.
My painting is visible images which conceal nothing... they evoke mystery and indeed when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question 'What does that mean'? It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable.
We must not fear daylight just because it almost always illuminates a miserable world.
Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.
The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.
Last Update: 26 October 2021
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