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Max Beckmann
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"For the visible world in combination with our inner selves provides the realm where we may seek infinitely for the individuality of our own souls. In the best art this search has always existed. It has been, strictly speaking, a search for something abstract."

"I hardly need to abstract things, for each object is unreal enough already, so unreal that I can only make it real by means of painting."
 
"Greatness, depends alone on the fertile imagination of the individual. If you love nature with all your heart, new and unimaginable things in art will occur to you."
 
"For the visible world in combination with our inner selves provides the realm where we may seek infinitely for the individuality of our own souls. In the best art this search has always existed. It has been, strictly speaking, a search for something abstract."
 
"Everything intellectual and transcendent is joined together in painting by the uninterrupted labor of the eyes."
 
" I must look for wisdom with my eyes. I repeat, with my eyes, for nothing could be more ridiculous or irrelevant than a 'philosophical conception' painted purely intellectually without the terrible fury of the senses grasping each visible form of beauty and ugliness."
 
"I have only tried to realize my conception of the world as intensely as possible."
 
"Painting is a very difficult thing. It absorbs the whole man, body and soul-thus I have passed blindly many things which belong to real and political life."
 
"One of my problems is to find the Self, which has only one form and is immortal..."
 
"Too much emphasis on color at the expense of form and space would make a double manifestation of itself on the canvas, and this would verge on craft work."
 
"Art is creative for the sake of realization, not for amusement: for transfiguration, not for the sake of play. It is the quest of our self that drives us along the eternal and never-ending journey we must all make. "
 
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