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Quotes by Herbert Read - (15 quotes)

Herbert Read - From the Art category:

Art is an indecent exposure of the consciousness. (Herbert Read)

Herbert Read - From the Art category:

Art in its widest sense is the extension of the personality: a host of artificial limbs. (Herbert Read)

Herbert Read - From the Contemplation category:

Works of art must persist as objects of contemplation. (Herbert Read)

Herbert Read - From the Discovery category:

If we persist in our restless desire to know everything about the universe and ourselves, then we must not be afraid of what the artist brings back from his voyage of discovery. (Herbert Read)

Herbert Read - From the Intellect category:

Intellect begins with the observation of nature, proceeds to memorize and classify the facts thus observed, and by logical deduction builds up that edifice of knowledge properly called science… But admittedly we also know by feeling, and we can combine the two faculties, and present knowledge in the guise of art. (Herbert Read)

Herbert Read - From the Modernism category:

In general, modern art... has been inspired by a natural desire to chart the uncharted. (Herbert Read)

Herbert Read - From the Morality category:

Art is not and never has been subordinate to moral values. Moral values are social values; aesthetic values are human values. Morality seeks to restrain the feelings; art seeks to define them by externalizing them, by giving them significant form. Morality has only one aim – the ideal good; art has quite another aim – the objective truth... art never changes. (Herbert Read)

Herbert Read - From the Mysteries category:

The depths modern art has been exploring are mysterious depths, full of strange fish... (Herbert Read)

Herbert Read - From the Pattern category:

Art is pattern informed by sensibility. (Herbert Read)

Herbert Read - From the Purpose category:

The fundamental purpose of the artist is the same as that of a scientist: to state a fact. (Herbert Read)

Herbert Read - From the Senses category:

Sensibility... is a direct and particular reaction to the separate and individual nature of things. It begins and ends with the sensuous apprehension of colour, texture and formal relations; and if we strive to organize these elements, it is not with the idea of increasing the knowledge of the mind, but rather in order to intensify the pleasure of the senses. (Herbert Read)

Herbert Read - From the Space category:

The peculiarity of sculpture is that it creates a three-dimensional object in space. Painting may strive to give on a two-dimensional plane, the illusion of space, but it is space itself as a perceived quantity that becomes the peculiar concern of the sculptor. We may say that for the painter space is a luxury; for the sculptor it is a necessity. (Herbert Read)

Herbert Read - From the Spontaneity category:

Spontaneity is not enough – or, to be more exact, spontaneity is not possible until there is an unconscious coordination of form, space and vision. (Herbert Read)

Herbert Read - From the Standards category:

The classicist, and the naturalist who has much in common with him, refuse to see in the highest works of art anything but the exercise of judgement, sensibility, and skill. The romanticist cannot be satisfied with such a normal standard; for him art is essentially irrational – an experience beyond normality, sometimes destructive of normality, and at the very least evocative of that state of wonder which is the state of mind induced by the immediately inexplicable. (Herbert Read)

Herbert Read - From the Symbols category:

If modern art has produced symbols that are unfamiliar, that was only to be expected. (Herbert Read)