Tuesday, August 18, 2015
During our summerholiday I took this book, The Art Spirit of Robert Henri, with me. It is an old book, original printed in 1923 but kept in print for a long time and still available at the library. I learned about the book when Brain Pickings wrote about it.
One particular part I found interesting. It is written in from a male/painter-perspective and I couldn't resist re-writing it.
Embroidery is the expression of ideas in their permanent form. It is giving evidence. It is a study of our lives, our environment. The woman who is useful as an artist is one who studies her own life and records her experiences; in this way she gives evidence. If a woman has something to say she will find a way of saying it. Her heart should be the master, the mind the tool and servant of the heart. The true artist regards her work as means of talking to others, of saying her say to herself and to others. It is not a question of pay. It is not a question of willing acceptance on the part of a the public. If she is welcome and paid it is fine, but whether or not she must say her say.
Art is, after all, only a trace - like a footprint - which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness.
Have to say these words work fine for me.