"What is the relation of the artist to the community?
What good does a man's art do?
There are those in the community who regard the artist
as a mere entertainer
come with cap and bells to amuse and perform graces
before a paying public.
The true artist regards his work
as a means of talking with men,
of saying his say to himself and to others.
It is not a question of pay. It is not a question of willing acceptance on the part of the public.
If he is welcomed and paid it is very good,
but whether or no he must say his say."
- Robert Henri
|10:15 am Juneau 6 x 8 inches oil on Arches Huile paper|
In today's Henri quote I so wanted to change his
"man" and "men" and "he" and "his" to gender equal terms ...
but remember, in the 1920's people thought, spoke and wrote quite differently than I,
and of course one cannot change a quote.
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