Ben Shahn Quotes

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Ben Shahn Quotes

The time when I had desire to go to the United States I didnt have a penny. It was in the middle of the depression, you know. I couldnt get as far as Hoboken at that time.
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I felt very strongly the whole social impact of that depression, you know, and I felt very strongly about the efforts that this Resettlement Administration was trying to accomplish; resettling people, helping them, and so on.

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I've been asked a great deal about the influence I've had with my work and it's impossible to say, you know.

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In '38, this time I did a job for Mr. Stryker. I went on his payroll at about half the salary I was getting before, to cover what he called Harvest in Ohio.

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Some time ago, we went to Asia and took a camera along, and I began to do what I'd done even years ago doing people. I couldn't get interested in it. And I did hundreds of photographs of details of the monuments as sculpture.

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I confess that Roy was a little bit dictatorial in his editing and he ruined quite a number of my pictures, which he stopped doing later. He used to punch a hole through a negative. Some of them were incredibly valuable. He didn't understand at the time.

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Art almost always has its ingredient of impudence, its flouting of established authority, so that it may substitute its own authority and its own enlightenment.

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I love chaos ... It's the poetic element in a dull and ordered world.

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It is an intimately communicative affair between the painter and his painting, a conversation back and forth, the painting telling the painter even as it receives its shape and form.

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How do you paint yellow wheat against a yellow sky? You paint it jet black.

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Paint what you are, paint what you believe, paint what you feel.

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Only an individual can imagine, invent, or create. The whole audience of art is an audience of individuals.

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The apprehension of ... values is intuitive; but it is not a built-in intuition, not something with which one is born. Intuition in art is actually the result of ... prolonged tuition.

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The moving toward one's inner self is a long pilgrimage for a painter. It offers many temporary successes and high points, but impels him on toward the more adequate image.

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It may be a point of great pride to have a Van Gogh on the living room wall, but the prospects of having Van Gogh himself in the living room would put a great many devoted art lovers to rout.

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