must speak through paint, not through words."
art expression is rooted fundamentally in the personality and temperament
of the artist."
affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops."
to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary
no difference whether a work is naturalistic or abstract; every
visual expression follows the same fundamental laws."
in painting is to create pulsating, luminous, and open surfaces
that emanate a mystic light, in accordance with my deepest insight
into the experience of life and nature."
the product and ignore its development leads to dilettantism and
reaction. Art cannot result from sophisticated, frivolous, or superficial
inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative
magic... But how is it magic? In its metaphysical development? Or
does some final transformation culminate in a magic reality? In
truth, the latter is impossible without the former. If creation
is not magic, the outcome cannot be magic."
impulses which stir us to profound emotion are integrated with the
medium of expression, every interview of the soul may become art.
This is contingent upon mastery of the medium."
light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light."
can only be materialized with the help of a medium of expression,
the inherent qualities of which must be surely sensed and understood
in order to become the carrier of an idea."
counterpoint and harmony follow their own laws, and differ in rhythm
and movement, both formal tensions and color tensions have a development
of their own in accordance with the inherent laws from which they
are separately derived. Both, however, aim toward the realization
of the same image. And both deal with the depth problem."
is dominated by three absolutely different factors: First, nature,
which works upon us by its laws; second, the artist, who creates
a spiritual contact with nature and his materials; third, the medium
of expression through which the artist translates his inner world."
of pictorial creation is so complicated – it is so astronomical
in its possibilities of relation and combination that it would take
an act of super-human concentration to explain the final realization."
is a plastic means of creating intervals... color harmonics produced
by special relationships, or tensions. We differentiate now between
formal tensions and color tensions, just as we differentiate in
music between counterpoint and harmony."
world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic
realm of color. Our entire being is nourished by it. This mystic
quality of color should likewise find expression in a work of art."
must fit together as pieces in a puzzle or cogs in a wheel."
of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the
on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles...
It is in our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic
considerations. Art never can be imitation."