Quotes On Art and Suffering / by Chris Hall

Edvard Munch, Starry Night, 1893

Edvard Munch, Starry Night, 1893

I have written some about what I think about art and suffering.  Here is a collection of thoughts by other people on the subject:  

What is the ‘raison d’etre; what is the explanation of the seemingly insane drive of man to be a painter and poet if it is not an act of defiance against man’s fall and an assertion that he return to the Adam of the Garden of Eden.  Barnett Newman

Make a child a painting and he’ll be happy for a day.  Teach a child to paint and he’ll be miserable for a lifetime.  Christopher Willard

I paint in order not to cry.  Paul Klee

 If it were not for art, I would have killed myself a long time ago.  Yayoi Kusama

All great art comes from a sense of outrage.  Glenn Close

Painting is a source of endless pleasure, but also of great anguish.  Balthus

For me, painting is a way to forget life.  It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.  George Rouault

You never paint what you see or think you see.  You paint with a thousand vibrations the blow that has struck you:  how can you be struck and not cry out in anger?  Nicholas de Stael

Sometimes I find myself making love to my own misfortune.  Norma O. Abrego

One swallows something, is poisoned by it and eliminates the toxic.  A painter paints to unload himself of feelings and visions. Pablo Picasso 

For the creator himself to be the child new-born he must be willing to be the mother and endure the mother's pain.  Friedrich Nietzsche