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By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

Art is the beginning of vision into the realm of eternal life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lawren Harris

So long as painting deals with objective nature, it is an impure art, for recognizability precludes the highest aesthetic emotion. All painting, ancient or modern, moves us aesthetically only in so far as it possesses a force over and beyond its aspect.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lawren Harris

We were told, quite seriously, that there never would be a Canadian art because we had no art tradition.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lawren Harris

Of course there must be the urge, the indefinable longing to get something through into terms of plastic presentation, but results are nearly always unpredictable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

I myself incline to drift, to accept a lesser situation rather than strive for a greater, and yet, I know that character in life and art is only made by an effort that is quite beyond one's ordinary everyday acceptance of things as they are.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Lawren Harris

No man can roan or inhabit the Canadian North without it affecting him, and the artist, because of his constant habit of awareness and his discipline in expression, is perhaps more understanding of its moods and spirit than others are. He is thus better equipped to interpret it to others, and then, when her has become one with its spirit, to create living works in their own right, by using forms, colors, rhythms and moods, to make a harmonious home for the imaginative and spiritual meaning it has evoked in him.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

I don't suppose you do know precisely what you are after. I don't think in the creative process anyone quite knows. They have a vague idea - a beckoning, an inkling of some truth - it is only in the process that it comes to any clarity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

Art is long. Life is short. A picture can become for us a highway between a particular thing and a universal feeling.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

I felt the strange brooding lonely presence of Nature fostering a new race, a new age, and as part of it, a new expression in Art. It was an unfolding of the heart itself through the effect of environment, of people, of place, and time.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lawren Harris

Sometimes, indeed often, we work on a theme with an unformed idea, and, when it has passed through the process, its final result is something we could never have predicted when we commenced.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lawren Harris

The primary function of art is not to imitate or represent or interpret, but to create a living thing; it is the reduction of all life to a perfectly composed and dynamic miniature - a microcosm where there is perfect balance of emotion and intellect, stress and strain resolving itself, form rhythmically poised in three dimensions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

Art is not an amusement, nor a distraction, nor is it, as many men maintain, an escape from life. On the contrary, it is a high training of the soul, essential to the soul's growth, to its unfoldment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lawren Harris

Mind alone remains stable, and watches the chaos of phenomena, and knows that there is a plastic unity of existence - a changeless harmony - behind the everchanging.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

Are we taking the drunken drivers off the road only to turn them into drunken pedestrians?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lawren Harris

Through our own creative experience we came to know that the real tradition in art is not housed only in museums and art galleries and in great works of art; it is innate in us and can be galvanized into activity by the power of creative endeavour in our own day, and in our own country, by our own creative individuals in the arts.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

For the arts epitomize, intensify and clarify the experience of beauty for us as nothing else can.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lawren Harris

The power of beauty at work in man, as the artist has always known, is severe and exacting, and once evoked, will never leave him alone, until he brings his work and life into some semblance of harmony with its spirit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

Every work of art which really moves us is in some degree a revelation: it changes us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

Art is the distillate of life, the winnowed result of the experience of a people, the record of the joyous adventure of the creative spirit in us toward a higher world; a world in which all ideas, thoughts, and forms are pure and beautiful and completely clear, the world Plato held to be perfect and eternal. All works that have in them an element of joy are records of this adventure.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lawren Harris

It requires a conviction that every people has a unique contribution to give to mankind, and that this they must make or remain sterile, subservient, sallow, and that this contribution they must have commenced to make before they can hope to understand the spirit that informs all great works and inspires all noble living.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

If we view a great mountain soaring into the sky, it may excite us, evoke an uplifted feeling within us. There is an interplay of something we see outside of us with our inner response. The artist takes that response and its feelings and shapes it on canvas with paint so that when finished it contains the experience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

In the inner place where true artists create there exists a pure child.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

And light has no weight, / Yet one is lifted on its flood, /Swept high, /Running up white-golden light-shafts, /As if one were as weightless as light itself - /All gold and white and light.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lawren Harris

The thought of today cannot be expressed in the language of yesterday.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Lawren Harris

The source of our art then is not in the achievements of other artists in other days and lands, although it has learned a great deal from these, our art is founded on a long and growing love and understanding of the North in an ever clearer experience of oneness with the informing spirit of the whole land and a strange brooding sense of Mother Nature fostering a new race and a new age... So the Canadian artist was drawn North.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

Experiences, much more than instruction, are a seeing with the inner eye - finding a channel to our essential inner life, a door to our deepest understanding wherein we have the capacity for universal response.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lawren Harris

The truth is that works of art test the spectator much more than the spectator tests them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Lawren Harris

Visible nature is but a distorted reflection of a more perfect world and the creative individual viewing her is inspired to perceive within and behind her many garments, that which is timeless and entirely beautiful.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lawren Harris

It requires courage to face and to conquer the immense weight of inertia and the dead and dying traditions and sophistications that clutter the minds of men and mould them into the mimicry of living ways.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

Abstract art is a creative interplay between the conscious and the unconscious, with the conscious mind making all the final decisions and in control throughout.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Lawren Harris

Through our own creative experience we came to know that the real tradition in art is not housed only in museums and art galleries and in great works of art; it is innate in us and can be galvanized into activity by the power of creative endeavor in our own day, and in our own country, by our own creative individuals in the arts. We also came to realize that we in Canada cannot truly understand the great cultures of the past and of other peoples, until we ourselves commence our own creative life in the arts. Until we do so, we are looking at these from the outside.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Lawren Harris

Beauty is a living abiding presence completely untouchable by all the devices of man, such as moral codes, creeds, intellectual analysis, games and cliches, the acquisitive instinct, or lust for anything whatsoever.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Lawren Harris

New material demands new methods, and new methods fling a challenge to old convention.