Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Meandering about . . .

Today is the birthday of Irving Tennenbanm (July 14, 1903 – August 26, 1989), writer, better known as Irving Stone.

He is best known for his biographical novels of famous historical personalities, especially his two works: Lust for Life a biographical novel about the life of Vincent van Gogh and The Agony and the Ecstasy a biographical novel about Michelangelo.

"Art is a staple, like bread or wine or a warm coat in winter. Man's spirit grows hungry for art in the same way his stomach growls for food." - Irving Stone

"He had been standing still; for an artist, one of the more painful forms of death." - Irving Stone

"The most perfect guide is nature. Continue without fail to draw something every day." - Irving Stone

"To try to understand another human being, to grapple for his ultimate depths, that is the most dangerous of human endeavors." - Irving Stone

"In order to paint life one must understand not only anatomy, but what people feel and thing about the world they live in. The painter who knows his own craft and nothing else will turn out to be a very superficial artist." - Irving Stone

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