Wisdom on Wednesdays—Maker or middle-man

“Man has lost all respect for those people who necessarily are economically defenseless and dependent—I mean the so-called creators, those close to the origins.  The minute modern man gives money not primarily in trade, his respect for the recipient of that money is gone.  This means that those whose destiny it is to make, and who wish to continue to make, must either intensify their religious life and find a highly individual happiness in love and humility—or regain the respect of the middle-class majority by deserting their prerogative of originating and join the ranks of the middle-man.  For the artist this has necessarily meant virtuosity, performance (or commercial) ‘art.'” (c. 1931)


Self-portrait, pencil sketch, Akron, Ohio, 1913