“What characterizes sculpture, in my opinion, is the way in which it renounces the full, solid form. Holes and perforations conduct like flashes of lightening into the material, which becomes organic and open, encircled from all sides, lit up in and through the hollows.”
Germaine Richier in: New images of man. Peter Selz. The Museum of Modern Art. Doubleday, garden City, N.Y., 1959
“My materials often dictate my change of aims, and I choose to work in a different material much as a man may suddenly feel an appetite for a change of diet. “
Ossip Zadkine in: The Work of Zadkine', (excerpt), Ionel Jianou, 1964
“I am the most curious of all to see what will be the next thing that I will do.”
Jacques Lipchitz cited in: Bertie Charles Forbes (1992) Forbes, Vol. 149, Nr. 5-9, p. 424
"The most entertaining surface on earth is the human face."
Georg C. Lichtenberg in: Sudelbuch F, 1776 - 1779. (F88).
"The human face is as strange to me as a countenance, which, the more one looks at it, the more it closes itself off and escapes by the steps of unknown stairways."
Alberto Giacometti in: Face to face, Christian Alandete, Jo Widoff, Hirmer Publishers, Munich 2020.
„We know only what we do, what we make, what we construct; and all that we make, all that we construct, are realities. I call them images, not in Plato's sense (namely that they are only reflections of reality), but I hold that these images are the reality itself and that there is no reality beyond this reality except when in our creative process we change the images: then we have created new realities.“
Naum Gabo, 1950; as cited in: Eidos: a journal of painting, sculpture and design. Nr.1, p. 31 1936 - 1977
“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.”
Alberto Giacometti: in: Bacon/Giacometti: A Dialogue. Michael Peppiatt, Eris Press, London, 2021
“If you really want to find the sources of my present style in antiquity, I must confess that you will find them in the remains of the life of the past rather than in those of its art. The fossilized corpses that have been unearthed in Pompeii have fascinated me far more than the Laocoon group in the Vatican.”
Marino Marini in: Dialogues on art, Edouard Rodity. Secker & Warburg, 1960.
"In fact, the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious."
C. G. Jung in: The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, Princeton University Press, 1990.
"Sculpting and poetry are closely related artistic ways of expression. Both disciplines strive for the compaction of ideas, concepts, views, thoughts in a condensed form. In the end, the form is different, but the intentions are similar. The sculptor is a material poet, the poet is a sculptor with words. "
Jos Letschert, 2021