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Edgard Varese Quotes and Sayings
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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

Our musical alphabet is poor and illogical.
- 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

 

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

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

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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

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

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 PHOTO

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

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

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

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

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'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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are two men inside the artist,
the poet and the craftsman.
One is born a poet.
One becomes a craftsman.
- Emile Zola

I don't care who's playing.
Even if it's my favorite artist, I'm probably not gonna go and see him.
- Etta James

Let's just say that I think any person who aspires,
presumes, or feels the calling to be an artist has
a built-in sense of duty.
- Patti Smith

Being a cover artist is not like being a real artist.
That's just copying what someone else did.
- Sebastian Bach

What kind of morons do you have working at newspapers
in Austin that would base an entire review of an artist's
performance on whether or not they had a good seat?
- Al Yankovic

Every man is an artist.
- Joseph Beuys

Acting...
was the biggest charge I ever had.
What other artist has it so good? Approval so quick?
- Elia Kazan

Whoever wants to know something about me -
as an artist which alone is significant -
they should look attentively at my pictures and there
seek to recognise what I am and what I want.
- Gustav Klimt

What the artist owes the world is his work;
not a model for living.
- Harry Crews

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

In America, we have the feeling of the doomed young artist.
Fitzgerald was the great example of that.
- Irwin Shaw

I believed in myself, and I've always worked very,
very hard as an artist, and I am an artist in every sense of the word.
- Erykah Badu

I'm one of those people who thinks you can have a happy
life and still be an artist.
- Shelley Duvall

My record label is treating me like I'm a new artist,
which is exciting after all this time.
- Rosanne Cash

Besides me wanting to be an artist, I wanted to be a movie star.
- Patti Smith

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

I usually prepare a track and then I work with the
artist when it's time to do the vocals.
- Kenneth Edmonds

But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do,
I am indeed a Jewish artist.
- Theodore Bikel

Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist,
and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.
- Edward Hopper

Pain is such an important thing in life.
I think that as an artist you have to experience suffering.
- Naomi Watts

The sensitive artist knows that a bitter wind is blowing.
- Herbert Read

I have been surrounded by artists and paintings throughout my life.
My father Ted Dyer is an artist, and from a very early
age I have spent time painting and drawing.
- John Dyer

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture,
society must set the artist free
to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
- John F. Kennedy

The role of art in society differs for every artist.
- Maya Lin

Pollock was well known, certainly, but for all the wrong reasons.
He was known as much for being wild and unconventional
in his working methods as for being a great artist.
- Kenneth Noland


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