On Art

"ART is a language, and not a secret language."
Illustrated London News, Oct. 3, 1908.

"EVERY form of art has a soul of its own. It has a certain psychological effect which differs from the impression produced by another kind."
Daily News, April 9, 1901.

"A WORK of art is like a prayer."
Daily News, June 7, 1901.

"IN our time we find a great deal of religion in art. In former ages we found a great deal of art in religion. Religion was the orthodoxy of those days: art has become almost the only orthodoxy of these. They permitted art and literature because they glorified God."
Daily News, Jan. 2, 1902.

"THE province of art may be said to be to discover what are the main lines of our pleasure, and to fix them firmly in the mind. It recreates for us the vanished sensation, and hunts the flying happiness."
Daily News, Feb. 7, 1902.

"IF Art is crowned queen, the first who will suffer will be the artists. This new tyranny will be of necessity a tyranny of the critics, who are many, not merely of the creators, who are few."
Daily News, Nov. 19, 1904.

"MEN do not produce art in order to become joyful. They are joyful, and therefore they produce art. Men do not dance in order to be happy. They dance because they are happy…Art is not the mother, but the child of beauty."
Daily News, April 8, 1905.

"ALL art is a thing of glimpses."
Daily News, May 26, 1906.

"MUCH is said nowadays against the cult of pleasure, not without reason; and it is possible to make far too much of the cult of art. It is only fair to count this truth on the other side; that there is a certain candour about the worlds of impressions and sensations that there is not always in
the world of theories and of laws; and that in this sense it is not only possible to dispute about tastes, but they are things about which men dispute with least hypocrisy and sophistry."
Introduction to The New World of the Theatre.

"THERE are two senses in which an artist may work to awaken wonder. One is the basest and vulgarist kind of art; the other is the highest and noblest kind of art. The former is meant to make us wonder at the artist; the latter is meant to make us wonder at the world."
New Witness, Mar. 12, 1920.

"EVERY great artist in his heart scorns art, as compared with the greatness of God and man."
Shakespeare and the Germans.

~G.K. Chesterton

(Quotes from Gilbert Magazine, Vol. 13, Num. 8; July/Aug. 2010; Art: Battleground for the Soul of Man. http://tinyurl.com/caux8s9 )

The Art of Painting, by Johannes Vermeer; Oil on canvas, 1665-67.
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.