Sunday, April 4, 2010

mona lisa

"...What is art? What makes it good or bad and who decides?..."

"...Stop talking and look. You're not required to write a paper. You're not even required to like it. You are required to consider it..."

"...Look at this, mother. She's smiling. Is she happy?... " "The important thing is not to tell anyone..." "She looks happy, so what does it matter?..."

"...He painted what he felt, not what he saw. People didn't understand, to them it seemed childlike and crude. It took years for them to recognize his actual technique. To see the way his brush strokes seemed to make the night move. Yet he never sold a painting, in his lifetime. This is his self-portrait. There's no camouflage, no romance. Honesty..."

"Ironic, isn't it? Look at what we have done to the man who refused to conform his ideals to popular taste. Who refused to compromise his integrity. We have put him in a tiny box and asked you to copy him..."

"Look beyond the paint. Let us try to open our minds to a new idea..."

"You can conform to what other people expect of you or...."
"I know. Be ourselves..."

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