DAILY ART FIX: The Blue Horses of Our Destiny: Artist Franz Marc, the Wisdom of Animals, and the Fight of Beauty Against Brutality

Art world links which caught my eye…

Franz Marc “The Fate of the Animals” 1913 (Right Side Restored by Paul Klee)

Franz Marc was a German artist whose life and promising artistic career were cut short when he was killed in World War I combat. A painter friend paid him a special homage.

Among the paintings he produced in those two ecstatically prolific years just before he was drafted was The Fate of the Animals — an arresting depiction of the interplay of beauty and brutality, terror and tenderness, in the chaos of life. An inscription appeared under the canvas in Marc’s hand: “And all being is flaming agony.”

Destroyed in a warehouse fire in 1916, The Fate of the Animals was restored by Marc’s close friend Paul Klee, who painstakingly recreated the oil canvas from surviving photographs.

Read the full article here: The MarginalianThe Blue Horses of Our Destiny: Artist Franz Marc, the Wisdom of Animals, and the Fight of Beauty Against Brutality

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DAILY ART FIX: How an Artist is Like a Tree: Paul Klee on Creativity

Art world links which caught my eye…

Paul Klee “Tree Nursery”

Artist Paul Klee makes the case for an organic approach to art.

Key quote from the article:

“The artist has studied this world of variety and has, we may suppose, unobtrusively found his way in it. His sense of direction has brought order into the passing stream of image and experience. This sense of direction in nature and life, this branching and spreading array, I shall compare with the root of the tree.

“From the root the sap flows to the artist, flows through him, flows to his eye.

“Thus he stands as the trunk of the tree.

“Battered and stirred by the strength of the flow, he guides the vision on into his work.

“As, in full view of the world, the crown of the tree unfolds and spreads in time and space, so with his work.”

See the whole article here: BRAIN PICKINGS – How an Artist is Like a Tree: Paul Klee on Creativity

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

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Visit other posts for more commentary on the state of the arts.

Please send any inquiries to info@remodernamerica.com. Thank you!

ART QUOTES: On Spirituality

“Spiritual art is not about fairyland. It is about taking hold of the rough texture of life. It is about addressing the shadow and making friends with wild dogs. Spirituality is the awareness that everything in life is for a higher purpose.”

-The Remodernism Manifesto

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Howard Pyle “A Wolf Had Not Been Seen In Salem for Thirty Years”

“Be it known that the spiritual world in outward appearance is entirely similar to the natural world.”

-Howard Pyle

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Billy Childish “Toni Kurz Descending”

“You have to have the guts to engage with your own spiritual journey, which is what life is for. It can be reflected in art, but art won’t take you there on its own. It’s not good enough. You actually have to use your inquiring mind and question yourself and the bullshit of things. You have to avoid getting tied up in intellectual and ironic gameplay, which will not liberate you. We want freedom, we want liberation, and you’re not going to get it in postmodernism. You’re going to get it through authentic engagement.”

-Billy Childish

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Alfred Stieglitz “Georgia O’Keeffe, Hands, 1918”

“It is not art in the professionalized sense about which I care, but that which is created sacredly, as a result of a deep inner experience, with all of oneself, and that becomes ‘art’ in time.”

-Alfred Stieglitz 

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Paul Klee “Fairy Tale of the Dwarf”

“My hand is entirely the implement of a distant sphere. It is not my head that functions but something else, something higher, something somewhere remote. I must have great friends there, dark as well as bright… They are all very kind to me.”

-Paul Klee