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I am probably afraid that some spectator will not understand my photography - therefore I proceed to make it really less understandable by writing defensibly about it. (Ansel Adams)

Thus I live in the world rather as a Spectator of mankind, than as one of the species, by which means I have made myself a speculative statesman, soldier, merchant, and artisan, without ever meddling with any practical part of life. (Joseph Addison)

I am not concerned if viewers see something completely different in the painting than what I had originally intended... (Ann Baldwin)

A successful work will draw out the features capable of exciting a sense of beauty and interest in the spectator. (Alain de Botton)

I find that it is important to work slowly. Anyone who looks at such a canvas will follow the same path the artist took, and he will experience that it is the path which counts more than the outcome of it, and that the route taken has been the most interesting part. (Georges Braque)

Response [of viewers] is triggered by the design, drawing, form, colour, etc. presented by the artist, but also draws on their own experiences and imagination. (Ken Campbell)

My paintings don't simply represent what I see; they present viewers with what I want them to see. (Ken Danby)

The creative act is not formed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. (Marcel Duchamp)

It is the spectators who make the pictures. (Marcel Duchamp)

May those who have touched our canvas with their eyes and hearts grow knowing the joy and wonder of an artist of life. (Robert Regis Dvorak)

Musicians are there in front of you, and the spectators sense their tension, which is not the case when you're listening to a record. Your attention is more relaxed. (Brian Eno)

It's much easier to consume the visual image than to read something. (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists. (E. M. Forster)

The passionate reactions of people to a painting, the exclamation, 'Oh, this is wonderful,' may, even if meant in a positive way, entirely destroy the chiaroscuro, the mystical hidden weaving of fantasy which the artist needs... (Marie-Louise von Franz)

When you look at art made by other people, you see what you need to see in it. (Alberto Giacometti)

I do not believe that art should be explicit. It should be suggestive and ambiguous so the viewer has to enter in. (Balcomb Greene)

Some would say that you can't be a true artist and endorse censorship. I'm not so sure. There is a fine line between creating art and exploiting the viewer. (Laura Hardy)

Every time I make something I think about the people who are going to see it and every time I see something, I think about the person who made it... (Keith Haring)

The truth is that works of art test the spectator much more than the spectator tests them. (Lawren Harris)

Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl. (Ernest Hemingway)

The spectator... has an obligation to enter into the scene, not just admire the work as a thing. We look at the picture. We walk in the picture. We ramble through the picture. We live in the picture. All are desirable, but the last two are held in the greatest respect. (Kuo His)

However, some of my work is very subtle, and one should expect very subtle reactions to it. (Jim Hodges)

I don't always feel it necessary to intellectualise about my work at great length. I like the viewer to come to grips with what is seen... (Brett Johnstone)

One doesn't make art for other people, even though I am very concerned with the viewer. (Anish Kapoor)

Whenever you look at a piece of work and you think the fellow was crazy, then you want to pay some attention to that. One of you is likely to be, and you had better find out which one it is. (Charles F. Kettering)

An artist speaks from personal experiences, knowledge and beliefs, and rarely gets to see the finished piece. The work is completed by the viewer's own intelligence and emotions. (Peggy Kingsbury)

Viewers do not know your mindset: only the painting in front of them. (Jackie Knott)

I try to create work that doesn't make viewers feel they're being spoken down to, so they feel open participation. (Jeff Koons)

I want people to be drawn into the space of the work. And a lot of people are like me in that they have relatively short attention spans. So I shoot for the window of opportunity. (Barbara Kruger)

Art is the space between the viewer and the rectangle that hangs on the wall. Unless something of the person that created the work is there, there's nothing for the viewer to take away. (T. Allen Lawson)

Many people are embarrassed to create in public. It feels unseemly to them, like kissing in plain view... Make a spectacle of yourself. (Eric Maisel)

In one's life one ought to be gentle and forbearing, but in one's art one should conduct oneself quite differently. It's often necessary, for instance, to give the spectator an ugly left uppercut. (Roy de Maistre)

The artist must work with the thought that the spectator can understand things half said, not completely described. (Andre Masson)

So, I think it has to do with the product and what you take to the public. If they like it, they're going to come see you, and if they don't, and if you're kind of getting out of the trendy line of things, then they won't come see you. (Reba McEntire)

People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love. (Claude Monet)

The painterly painter uses the viewer's experience to give life to the work. Instead of being a passive receiver of information, the viewer becomes a participant. (Charles Movalli)

The people who love my paintings, that respond to them the most, they're spectators, they're not viewers. (LeRoy Neiman)

When a spectator approaches a painting with his own particular set of filters or theories, be they historical, political, intellectual or whatever – he either finds what he is looking for or dismisses the work as irrelevant. He has deprived himself of the possibility of any fresh experience or revelation by looking only for confirmation of that which he already 'knows.' (Douglas Portway)

When a painting is presented for public viewing, it should be brought two steps forward while the painter takes two steps back. (Bernard Poulin)

I like the idea of the painting looking at the viewer than the other way around. (Joseph Raffael)

The spectator, as he walks the gallery, will stop, or pass along. To give a general air of grandeur at first view, all trifling, or artful play of little lights, or an attention to a variety of tints is to be avoided; a quietness and simplicity must reign over the whole work, to which a breadth of uniform and simple color will very much contribute. (Sir Joshua Reynolds)

How can we welcome viewers who might wish to investigate our process? (Germaine Savo)

The still must tease with the promise of a story the viewer of it itches to be told. (Cindy Sherman)

I want the spectator to be on his own before the paintings, and if he finds in them an imagery unkind or unpleasant or evil, let him look to the state of his own soul. (Clyfford Still)

All the bystanders at an event worthy of note adopt various gestures of admiration when contemplating the occurrence. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Painters who simply copy their subject will never give the spectator a living sensation of the object. (Van Waldron)

The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it. (Orson Welles)

To the extent that the completed work realizes depth of understanding, uniqueness of viewpoint and vitality of presentation, will the spectator respond and participate in the original experience. (Edward Weston)

Invite the viewer into the picture and entertain him everywhere. (Edgar A. Whitney)

I'm a secretive bastard. I would never let anybody watch me painting... it would be like somebody watching you have sex - painting is that personal to me. (Andrew Wyeth)


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