Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Tree Is A Tree Is A Tree

Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) - The Oak of Flagey, 1864

'I have never seen angels. Show me an angel and I will paint one.'

Gustave Courbet

Verso VII

Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) - The Tree of Crows, 1822

'If the artist sees nothing within him, then he should also refrain from painting what he sees before him.'

Caspar David Friedrich

Palimpsest II

Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) - Moonlight Study, 1831

'Close your bodily eye, that you may see your picture first with the eye of the spirit. Then bring to light what you have seen in the darkness, that its effect may work back, from without to within.'

Caspar David Friedrich