Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Going away tomorrow for a week so I looked for something quick to celebrate my entry on this planet. I found that the painter Emil Nolde, some of whose work I like, was also born on August 7, though a bit before me (1867). Here are some good quotes from him.

“Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties.”

“The artist need not know very much; best of all let him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes or walks.”

“What an artist learns matters little. What he himself discovers has a real worth for him, and gives him the necessary incitement to work.”

Emil Nolde

(the painting on the left is by him. Not the mug on the right).


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