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A successful work of art is not one which resolves contradictions in a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised, in its innermost structure. (Theodor W. Adorno)

Independent of harmony rules, any color 'goes' or 'works' with any other color, presupposing that their quantities are appropriate. (Josef Albers)

Everything harmonizes with me, which is harmonious to thee, o Universe. Nothing for me is too early or too late, which is in due time for thee. (Marcus Aurelius)

A harmonious painting to me is one in which fear has not penetrated; it is stable, clear and non-gaming. (Philippe Benichou)

Harmony of colouring is destructive of art... it is like the smile of a fool. (William Blake)

Objects don't exist for me except in so far as a rapport exists between them or between them and myself. When one attains this harmony, one reaches a sort of intellectual non-existence - what I can only describe as a sense of peace, which makes everything possible and right. Life then becomes a perpetual revelation. That is true poetry. (Georges Braque)

There is music wherever there is harmony, order and proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres; for those well ordered motions, and regular paces, though they give no sound unto the ear, yet to the understanding they strike a note most full of harmony. (Thomas Browne)

In the anxiety to get beautiful colour harmony do not exhaust all combinations on one canvas. (John F. Carlson)

-Hundreds and Thousands
Oh I do want that thing, that oneness of movement that will catch the thing up into one movement and sing - harmony of life. (Emily Carr)

To paint is not to copy the object slavishly, it is to grasp a harmony among many relationships. (Paul Cezanne)

When they [paintings] are done right, harmony appears by itself. The more numerous and varied they are, the more the effect is obtained and agreeable to the eye. (Paul Cezanne)

I've come to realize that where harmony is concerned, more can be achieved with less color. (Scott L. Christensen)

Unfortunately, no rules can be given to guide him [the student] in [the] difficult question of harmony; he must try different combinations, and not be content until he gets something which he feels at once is beautiful. (John Collier)

The word 'art' means harmony for me. I never speak of mathematics and never bother with the Spirit. My only science is the choice of impressions that the light in the universe furnishes to my consciousness as an artisan which I try, by imposing an Order, and Art, an appropriate representative life, to organize... (Robert Delaunay)

Painting is all about contrasts and transitions and the variations of those: thick/thin, soft/hard, light/dark, red/green, blue/orange, texture/no texture, definition/vagueness, sharp transitions/soft blends, positive/negative, etc. When they are successful - that is in harmony - everything flows. And the opposite too; when they are out of sync, it is a struggle. (Jack Dickerson)

To seek, beneath the universal strife, the hidden harmony of things. (Will Durant)

In art, and in the higher ranges of science, there is a feeling of harmony which underlies all endeavor. There is no true greatness in art or science without that sense of harmony. (Albert Einstein)

A harmonious combination... enough abstraction that the image is sustained by the eye; enough reality that it is sustained by reason and experience. (Jean Helion)

The unlike is joined together, and from differences results the most beautiful harmony. (Heraclitus)

Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony. (Heraclitus)

Just as 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. (Hans Hofmann)

To achieve vital harmony in a picture it must be constructed out of parts in themselves incomplete, brought into harmony only at the last stroke. (Paul Klee)

Every canvas, even if non-representational, that depends upon harmonious relationships of the three forces – color, volume and line – is a work of art. (Fernand Leger)

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators; you cannot conserve the waters and waste the ranges; you cannot build the forest and mine the farm. The land is one organism. (Aldo Leopold)

I want to bring my viewers to the harmony trail. When the viewer comes to see, they feel harmony. (Ming Leung)

-Life of Pi...
I am a person who believes in form, in the harmony of order. Where we can, we must give things a meaningful shape. (Yann Martel)

The sign for which I forge an image has no value if it doesn't harmonize with other signs, which I must determine in the course of my invention and which are completely peculiar to it. (Henri Matisse)

All that is not useful in a picture is detrimental. A work of art must be harmonious in its entirety; for superfluous details would, in the mind of the beholder, encroach upon the essential elements. (Henri Matisse)

In most natural scenes there is a prevailing colour, which the landscape painter must learn to identify, and which must prevail also in a slightly exaggerated form, in his painting, for the sake of truth, harmony and unity. (Walter J. Phillips)

Medicine, to produce health, has to examine disease; and music, to create harmony, must investigate discord. (Plutarch)

The hidden harmony is better than the obvious. (Alexander Pope)

To create a vision of the harmony of the unequal, balance the infinite variety, the chaotic, the contradictions – in a unity. (Hans Richter)

Figures can be considered forms of landscapes; in the natural landscape, figurative forms abound. To recognize the analogy is to approach an understanding of harmony. (Ian Semple)

Harmony is the analogy of contrary and similar elements of tone, of color, and of line, conditioned by the dominant key, and under the influence of a particular light, in gay, calm, or sad combinations. (Georges Seurat)

Philosophers and aestheticians may offer elegant and profound definitions of art and beauty, but for the painter they are all summed up in the phrase: To create a harmony. (Gino Severini)

The theme, or harmony, of a painting can be created by any one of its visual elements. A single colour... repetition of shapes... Light can be a theme. (Mike Svob)

Color harmony is just one type of relationship found in a painting. It comes from the nuances of the light, like the atmosphere connecting everything in the subject. (Aleksander Titovets)

The artist has to feel the harmony first, it can't be faked; it breathes itself out through the pores of the fingers and the pores of the paint, only when it is so strong it can't be held in any longer. (Marney Ward)

So what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another level. (Alan Watts)

Nature contains the elements, in colour and form, of all pictures, as the keyboard contains the notes of all music. But the artist is born to pick and choose... that the result may be beautiful – as the musician gathers his notes, and forms his chords, until he brings forth from chaos glorious harmony... (James Abbott McNeill Whistler)

With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things. (William Wordsworth)

The ocean is a mighty harmonist. (William Wordsworth)

- b.ca.312 BC d.ca.230 BC
If the blood humor is too strong and robust, calm it with balance and harmony. (Xun Zi)


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