Monday, August 17, 2009

van Gogh on "artist"

stumbled on this a while ago when reading a book of van Gogh's letters. i like it.

"[Anton] Mauve takes it amiss that I said, 'I am an artist,' which I won't take back, because it's self-evident that what that word implies is looking for something all the time without ever finding it in full. It is the very opposite of saying, 'I know all about it, I've already found it.' As far as I am concerned, the word means, 'I am looking, I am hunting for it, I am deeply involved.'"

1 comment:

Mary said...

This is wonderful.