Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.

— Robert Henri

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Good composition is like a suspension bridge - each line adds strength and takes none away.

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Paint the flying spirit of the bird rather than its feathers.

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The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.

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The sketch hunter moves through life as he finds it, not passing negligently the things he loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the shorthand of his sketchbook.

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Do not let the fact that things are not made for you, that conditions are not as they should be stop you. Go on anyway. Everything depends on those who go on anyway.

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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?

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Art cannot be separated from life. It is the expression of the greatest need of which life is capable, and we value art not because of the skilled product, but because of its revelation of a life's experience.

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Today must not be a souvenir of yesterday, and so the struggle is everlasting.

Who am I today? What do I see today? How shall I use what I know, and how shall I avoid being victim of what I know? Life is not repetition.

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Good composition is like a suspension bridge;

each line adds strength and takes none away... Making lines run into each other is not composition. There must be motive for the connection. Get the art of controlling the observer – that is composition.

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Let every student enter the school with this advice.

No matter how good the school is, his education is in his own hands. All education must be self education.

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An artist must first of all respond to his subject, he must be filled with emotion toward that subject and then he must make his technique so sincere, so translucent that it may be forgotten, the value of the subject shining through it.

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Art is an outsider, a gypsy over the face of the earth.

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About Robert Henri

Quotes 170 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Artist
Birthday October 16

There are mighty few people who think what they think they think.

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No work of Art is really ever finished. They only stop at good places.

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There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.

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Art appreciation, like love, cannot be done by proxy: It is a very personal affair and is necessary to each individual.

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An artist's job is to surprise himself. Use all means possible.

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A mountain seen in the haze of distance must nevertheless look a solid heavy mountain.

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Art is, after all, only a trace – like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness.

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All real works of art look as though they were done in joy.

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There is no art without contemplation.

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Paint what you feel. Paint what you see. Paint what is real to you.

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A drawing should be a verdict on the model. Don't confuse a drawing with a map.

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In a tree there is a spirit of life, a spirit of growth and a spirit of holding its head up.

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You form a society: that limits you. Adopt a name, and you've limited yourself again; draw up a constitution and bylaws and you've made a groove, a rut, that hampers your growth. You think you can fix your course and move straight along it. But sometimes the important thing is to strike out sidewise.

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The world will see many fashions of art and most of the world will follow the fashions and make none. These cults - these 'movements' - are absolutely necessary, or at any rate their causes are, for somewhere in their centres are the ones who bear the Idea, the ones who have questioned, 'But what do I think?' and 'How shall I say it best?

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It's a wrong idea that a master is a finished person.

Masters are very faulty; they haven't learned everything and they know it.

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All education must be self-education.

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If the artist's will is not strong he will see all kinds of unessential things.

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The artist should be intoxicated with the idea of the thing he wants to express.

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Cherish your own emotions and never undervalue them.

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Each man must take the material that he finds at hand, see that in it there are the big truths of life, the fundamentally big forces, and then express in his art whatever is the cause of his pleasure.

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All the past up to a moment ago is your legacy. You have a right to it.

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Your painting is the marking of your progression into nature, a sensation of something you see way beyond the two pretty colors over there. Don't stop to paint the material, but push on to give the spirit.

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A tree growing out of the ground is as wonderful today as it ever was.

It does not need to adopt new and startling methods.

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In great art there is no beginning and end in point of time. All time is comprehended.

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Knowledge of anatomy is a tool like good brushes.

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Self-education only produces expressions of self.

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The pursuit of happiness is a great activity.

One must be open and alive. It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish, and spirits must flow. There must be courage. There are no easy ruts to get into which lead to happiness.

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Color is only beautiful when it means something.

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The pernicious influence of the prize and medal giving in art is so great that it should be stopped. History proves that juries in art have been generally wrong.

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A Curve does not exist in its full power until contrasted with a straight line.

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The only sensible way to regard the art life is that it is a privilege you are willing to pay for... You may cite honors and attentions and even money paid, but I would have you note that these were paid a long time after the creator had gone through his struggles.

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There are forms that can only be seen when you are near a painting, others only appear when you are far away.

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I am interested in the size of your intention.

It is better to overstate the important than to understate it.

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A picture should be the expression of the will of the painter.

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Know what the old masters did. Know how they composed their pictures, but do not fall into the conventions they established. These conventions were right for them, and they are wonderful. They made their language. You make yours. All the past can help you.

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Things should all be moving toward the expression of a great idea.

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We make our discoveries while in the state [of high functioning] because then we are clear-sighted.

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