Wisdom on Wednesdays—The wise artist

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Rose Drapes, oil on canvas, 1956, 30 x 25 in.

“Instead of growing into a successful artist who ossifies his work and repeats the performance for an ossified public, the wise artist is one who, with wind, pushes on.  He may strain the purity of his painting to the breaking point, but if he has wind and goes on, he will contribute to beauty-offerings of great value to the few people who actually enjoy and love beauty.  And the compensation in happiness outweighs the loss of a world inhabited by people engrossed in things.”
(“An Essay on Wind,” 1925)

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Rose Drapes, detail

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