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C. Anstruther-Thomson

  • ... Science, far from being the enemy of Art, is the only way to hand Art on, to make it a tradition. It is apathy which is really the enemy of Art.

  • Listening to music feels like a triumphant expedition into the Future; but into a Future which is happening now.

  • Art isn't a fringe on life, it is one of life's great vital forces. So it is worth possessing. But to get on such terms we must get very close, take a great deal of trouble, put off natural apathy. Just walking through a gallery glancing at the works of Art won't do it, any more than leaving cards on neighbors will turn them into lifelong friends.

  • Composition limits the size of the subject to that which our eye can take in as a whole and our lungs can breathe in one long breath, for we are finite beings and cannot live up to overpowering strength for more than a fraction of time. Art must, for the main part, keep well within what we can manage on pain of breaking us.

  • Architecture is the purest of the plastic arts, for it does not reproduce scenes from nature and it does not borrow any literary interest by representing subjects. It stands by itself on its own ground.

C. Anstruther-Thomson, English artist, art educator

(1857 - 1921)

Full name: Clementina “Kit” Anstruther-Thomson.