Today is the birthday of Irving Stone (born Tannenbaum, July 14, 1903 – August 26, 1989), writer. He is known for his novelized accounts of real people, based on meticulous research, especially his 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.
"There are no faster or firmer friendships than those between people who love the same books." — Irving Stone
"One should not become an artist because he can, but because he must. It is only for those who would be miserable without it." — Irving Stone
"Drawing is the poet's written line, set down to see if there be a story worth telling, a truth worth revealing." — 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
"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
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Le Chariot Chuck: 1918 - Paris, France. circa 1918. "Sample Red Cross rolling kitchen, ready to travel. On exhibition at the Grand Palais." 5x7 glass negative. View full size.
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