Saturday, April 12, 2008

Quote by Robert Henri

Those who have lived and grown at least to some degree in the spirit of freedom are our creative artists. They have a wonderful time. They keep the world going. They must leave their trace in some way, paint, stone, machinery, whatever. The importance of what they do is greater than anyone estimates at the time. In fact in a commercial world there are thousands of lives wasted doing things not worth doing. Human spirit is sacrificed. More and more things are produced without a will in the creation, and are consumed or ‘used’ without a will in the consumption or the using. These things are dead. They pass, masquerading as important while they are before us, but they pass utterly. There is nothing so important as art in the world, nothing so constructive, so life-sustaining. I would like you to go to your work with a consciousness that it is more important than any other thing that you might do. It may have no great commercial value, but it has an inestimable and lasting life value.

Robert Henri, 1865-1929


Tara said...

This is so inspirational and I am glad to have found your blog! Thank you for visiting mine!

I totally agree with what you are saying. I have encouraged my children to all be artistic and my son is even now attending art college in New York City pursuing his dream...we need artists in the world, I told him!

I will be back here for sure!
Nice to meet you!

Chickenbells said...

That is a beautiful saying.... said...

Hi Tara! Thanks for dropping by my blog! Yes, we really do need artists in the world. I found that quote so inspirational. I felt like it explained and justified the need artists have to create.