Daily Quote #60

If “art for art’s sake” means for truth’s sake, or for beauty’s sake – to express nature as well, and with as good workmanship as one can, one cannot have a better motto; but if it means that the object of painting is simply to get, or display, fine technical qualities, then I think it is altogether the wrong way about, like putting the cart before the horse. The French painter Gérôme once told a pupil that “painting for the sake of painting was like speaking for the sake of talking: to paint well,” said he, “one must have something to say.”

Matthew D. Innis

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