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Edgard Varese Quotes

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An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
- Edgard Varese

Related topics: Art

I dream of instruments obedient to my thought and which
with their contribution of a whole new world of unsuspected sounds,
will lend themselves to the exigencies of my inner rhythm.
- Edgard Varese

I don't want to write any more for the old Man-power
instruments and am handicapped by the lack of adequate
electrical instruments for which I now conceive my music.
- Edgard Varese

Music, which should pulsate with life,
needs new means of expression, and science alone can
infuse it with youthful vigor.
- Edgard Varese

 

Music is organized sound.
- Edgard Varese

Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes.
- Edgard Varese

Our musical alphabet is poor and illogical.
- Edgard Varese

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I was not influenced by composers as much as by natural
objects and physical phenomena.
- Edgard Varese

I have just begun a work in which an important part
is given to a large chorus and with it I want to use
several of your instruments -
augmenting their range as in those I used for my Equatorial -
especially in the high range.
- Edgard Varese

There is an idea, the basis of an internal structure,
expanded and split into different shapes or groups
of sound constantly changing in shape,
direction, and speed, attracted and repulsed by various forces.
- Edgard Varese

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
- Andy Warhol

Every production of an artist should be the expression
of an adventure of his soul.
- W. Somerset Maugham

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
- George Santayana

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts -
such is the duty of the artist.
- Robert Schumann

The artist in me cries out for design.
- Robert Frost

That's the motivation of an artist -
to seek attention of some kind.
- James Taylor

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist,
and the less the artist does the better.
- Andre Gide

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't
doubt what they're doing.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Even a true artist does not always produce art.
- Carroll O'Connor

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
- Eugene Delacroix

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

The artist's world is limitless.
It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.
It is always on his doorstep.
- Paul Strand

I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist.
I never think about money.
Beautiful things make money.
- Lord Acton

An artist is always alone - if he is an artist.
No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
- Henry Miller

A group or an artist shouldn't get his money until his boss gets his.
- Bobby Darin

An artist never really finishes his work,
he merely abandons it.
- Paul Valery

I love power.
But it is as an artist that I love it.
I love it as a musician loves his violin,
to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
- James Whistler

I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
- Jodie Foster

Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
- Franz Liszt

I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist,
but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.
- Michael Palin

A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
- George Edward Moore

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
- Novalis

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
- Charles Horton Cooley

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place:
from the sky,
from the earth, from a scrap of paper,
from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
- Pablo Picasso

Every human is an artist.
The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

To an engineer, good enough means perfect.
With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.
- Alexander Calder

I've been called many names like perfectionist,
difficult and obsessive.
I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the
details for any artist to be good.
- Barbra Streisand

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas,
a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
- Edward Steichen

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty,
you know you're an artist.
- David Hockney

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles,
and from that moment he is following the dark rapids
of an underground river which may sometimes flow so
near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.
- Cyril Connolly

There was never any effort made out there to improve the artist.
- Jackie Cooper

I'm inspired by nature.
Other artist's work is important for developing my perception.
- Mike Thompson

We live in an age where the artist is forgotten.
He is a researcher.
I see myself that way.
- David Hockney

No one likes to work for free.
To copy an artist's work and download it free is stealing.
It's hard work writing and recording music,
and it's morally wrong to steal it.
- Gary Wright

I do not feel any artist can produce great art without
putting great personality into it.
It is always a piece of you that goes on the screen or the canvass.
- Joe Murray

I'm an artist and that means I can be as egotistical as I want to be.
- Lou Reed

So it's hard to be an artist and be true to the reality
of the world you want to create and also make it entertaining
and successful financially.
- Antoine Fuqua

I think that an artist is a bit like a computer.
He receives information from the world around him and
from his past and from his own experiences.
And it all goes into the brain.
- Gerald Scarfe

That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any
good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward.
- Ernest Hemingway

The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under
the most diverse forms of reality.
Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it.
- Gustave Courbet

An artist can go paint, and a writer can go write,
but an actor needs to get hired, needs somebody to say,
'Here, come and do this,' That's the hard part.
- John Glover

That is, an artist who creates lots of work probably
experiences prolific days and slower days.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

A half dozen pictures would just about be enough for the life of an artist,
for my life.
- Giorgio Morandi

Derek Trucks is a real good new artist.
He's a young guy.
- Johnny Winter

The artist does not illustrate science (but) he frequently
responds to the same interests that a scientist does.
- Lewis Mumford

I was always making things.
Even though art was what I did every day,
it didn't even occur to me that I would be an artist.
- Maya Lin

My mother was a housewife but she was also an artist.
My father was an electrical engineer.
- James Cameron

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion,
which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed
so that a hundred years later,
when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
- William Faulkner

Once in his lifetime every artist feels the hand of
God and creates something that comes alive.
- Crane Wilbur

One of the things that I am happy about in my life
as an artist is that I am not considered a Hispanic artist.
- Andres Serrano

An artist, under pain of oblivion, must have confidence in himself,
and listen only to his real master: Nature.
- Auguste Renoir

The artist need not know very much; best of all let
him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes or walks.
- Emil Nolde

With the Ford Foundation grant all of a sudden instead
of being an artist that had made a couple of short films,
I became a filmmaker who dabbled in the arts.
- Bruce Conner

If a patron buys from an artist who needs money,
the patron then makes himself equal to the artist;
he is building art into the world; he creates.
- Ezra Pound


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