ART QUOTES: Virgo Artists

Louise Nevelson “Night Flight #1”

“Creation is always kind of innocent and refreshing… always virginal to me… and it’s always a surprise. “

-Louise Nevelson (Born September 23, 1899)

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I don’t believe the stars control our fates, or can be used to tell our fortunes. But life has proven to me again and again the time of year a person is born does seem to influence their personalities.

Why would this be the case? I have no idea. But my observations show me the universe is full of patterns, cycles, all evidence of the great underlying order beyond our limited human perceptions. The pseudo-science of astrology is the result of centuries of study on human behavior. Somehow we find echos of our souls projected out into a cosmic scale; around and around we all go, playing our variations of the 12 eternal roles manifested in symbols of animals, mythical beasts, and human archetypes.

 

We are now in the time of Virgo (August 23-September 23). They are symbolized by a maiden gathering wheat, a summation of their temperament: a reserved, industrious gleaner and organizer.

Virgo  Traits

  • Analytical
  • Organized
  • Modest
  • High Strung
  • Critical
  • Perfectionist

Can you see the Virgo personality reflected in the work and words of these artists?

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Margaret Keane “The Stray” 

“I’d rather be home alone, painting.”

-Margaret Keane  (Born September 15, 1927)

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Jacob Lawrence “The Seamstress”

“When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it.”

-Jaconb Lawrence (Born September 7, 1917)

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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres “Grande Odalisque”

“The chief consideration for a good painter is to think out the whole of his picture, to have it in his head as a whole… so that he may then execute it with warmth and as if the entire thing were done at the same time.”

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (Born August 29, 1780)

 

Jean Arp “Man, Mustache, Navel”

“Ever since my childhood, I was haunted by the search for perfection. An imperfectly cut paper literally made me ill. I would guillotine it.”

-Jean Arp (Born September 16, 1886) 

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Maurice Quentin de La Tour “Self Portrait” 

“It is maintained the painters see the same object differently, for example in respect to color, and that due to this variation in their vision one can immediately recognize their works, even from a distance.”

-Maurice Quentin de La Tour (Born September 5, 1704) 

 

Previous Zodiac Art Quotes:

Taurus Artists

Sagittarius Artists 

 

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ART QUOTES: Sagittarius Artists

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William Blake “Centaur”

“I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity.”

-William Blake ( born November 28, 1757)

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I don’t believe the stars control our fates, or can be used to tell our fortunes. But life has proven to me again and again the time of year a person is born does seem to influence their personalities.

Why would this be the case? I have no idea. But my observations show me the universe is full of patterns, cycles, all evidence of the great underlying order beyond our limited human perceptions. The pseudo-science of astrology is the result of centuries of study on human behavior. Somehow we find echos of our souls projected out into a cosmic scale; around and around we all go, playing our variations of the 12 eternal roles manifested in symbols of animals, mythical beasts, and human archetypes.

We are now in the time of Sagittarius (November 22 -December 21). They are symbolized by the centaur archer, a summation of their temperament: always galloping around excitedly, while innocently shooting off arrows of tactless commentary.

Sagittarius Traits

  • Optimistic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Philosophical
  • Adventurous
  • Careless
  • Impatient

Can you see the Sagittarius personality reflected in the work and words of these artists?

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Walt Disney and friends

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
-Walt Disney (born December 5, 1901)
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Edvard Munch “Four Stages in Life”
“My whole life has been spent walking by the side of a bottomless chasm, jumping from stone to stone. Sometimes I try to leave my narrow path and join the swirling mainstream of life, but I always find myself drawn inexorably back towards the chasm’s edge, and there I shall walk until the day I finally fall into the abyss.”
-Edvard Munch (born December 12, 1863)
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Charles Schulz, a dog and his boy
“My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?”
-Charles Shulz (born November 26, 1922)
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Wassily Kandinsky “Movement 1”
“The true work of art is born from the Artist: a mysterious, enigmatic, and mystical creation. It detaches itself from him, it acquires an autonomous life, becomes a personality, an independent subject, animated with a spiritual breath, the living subject of a real existence of being.”
-Wassily Kandinsky (born December 16, 1866)

 

 

EXHIBITIONS: The Stuckists Astrology Show, London England

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Richard Bledsoe “Libra: Yes, No, Maybe So” acrylic on canvas 16″ x 12″

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September 28 is my birthday, and this year my Libra nature is being celebrated in an upcoming exhibit in London, England: “The Stuckist Astrology Show,” on November 19, 2016.

Now I don’t believe the stars control our fates, or can be used to tell our fortunes. But life has proven to me again and again the time of year a person is born does seem to influence their personalities.

Why would this be the case? I have no idea. But my observations show me the universe is full of patterns, cycles, all evidence of the great underlying order beyond our limited human perceptions. The pseudo-science of astrology is the result of centuries of study on human behavior. Somehow we find echos of our souls projected out into a cosmic scale; around and around we all go, playing our variations of the 12 eternal roles manifested in symbols of animals, mythical beasts, and one inanimate object: the Scales.

I’m full of Libra traits that mark me as distinct from friends and family. I have a hard time making up my mind, and can see both sides all too easily. The Libra experience aims for balance, but the only way to get there is bobbing up and down, switching back and forth; the equilibrium is hard to achieve. But the process is full of moments of bliss and peace.

The painting I sent to England shows the experience in an oblique way. Since the piece was for a Stuckist show I worked rapidly and with exuberance, to create a painting with figurative elements. There is imagery suggested by a different set of ancient legends-the final test of the Egyptians.

Because for all their graciousness, dabbling and charm, the Libra is a tool of judgement-not on our own behalf, but as an expression of the chaos of life trying to find that place of harmony.

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