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Quick Quotes: Robert Henri

Two quotes for the price of one today.  Both from Robert Henri’s book on painting (well, it’s really about any art form) entitled “The Art Spirit”.

“For an artist to be interesting to us he must have been interesting to himself.  He must have been capable of intense feeling and capable of profound contemplation”


“Don’t worry about rejections.  Everybody that’s good has gone through it.  Don’t let it matter if your works are not “accepted” at once.  The better or more personal you are the less likely they are of acceptance.  Just remember that the object of painting pictures is not simply to get them into exhibitions.  It is all very fine to have your pictures hung, but you are painting for yourself, not for the jury”


Robert Henri

Very wise words that speak just as meaningfully now as they did in 1923, when they were first published.

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4 Responses to “Quick Quotes: Robert Henri”

  1. Jodi Frye Says:

    Really grand quotes…thanks for sharing. Seemed like the perfect time too !

  2. Howard Says:

    Thanks Jodi. I am really glad that they were meaningful for you. I obviously like them quite a bit as well.

  3. Bernie Kasper Says:

    Thanks for sharing Howard they really hit home with me !!

  4. Howard Says:

    Thanks Bernie. Glad you like them. Brooks Jenson recommended that book in one of his podcasts.

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