Monday, November 03, 2008

Maundy Monday Nov 3

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God-made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.


-- Marc Chagall
Gotta love the simplicity of that statement. Nothing more I can add to that but a hearty "Amen." I think many artists (and patrons) today should refer to this quote---often. And for the art enthusiast and art novie--this quote can take the guesswork out of what qualifies as art. Love it.

2 comments:

Laura said...

But then, "what clashes" is subjective. Which leaves us still with the question of what qualifies as art.

I do agree with the beauty of the simplicity of the statement. And the fact that Chagall, as a creator, ultimately compares his work to the Original Creator is fascinating. I didn't know that Chagall judged his work by this standard. Makes one believe it helped to make him feel good about his art.

This painting is a good example to go with this quote. Thanks again for an interesting look into art philosophy!

Anna-Marie said...

Agreed. But I do think it helps because to a certain degree the average person knows what clashes with nature. And, too, their is room in the quote for personal taste. I don't think it was a checklist but more of a guideline. The good thing about art, I think< is that it is so subjective and personal. Art that speaks to me may make others cringe and that's okay.