“Art is both love and friendship and understanding. The desire to give. It is not charity which is the giving of things. It is more than kindness, which is the giving of self. It is both the taking and giving of beauty. The turning out to the light of the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is a recreation of another plane of the realities of the world. The tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men and of all the inter-relations of these.”- Ansel Adams

Add yours Comments – 29

  • Nobody

    on September 11, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Art is just not what is painted, sculpted or any of the other standard means of identifying art. It also pertains to ordinary job functions/duties/performaneces. I’ll leave it at that and you can make your own determination.

  • Darwin

    on September 11, 2008 at 9:19 am


    I LOVE this quote. It speaks to the heart So very much and resonates with meaning inside me.

    This is why I so often use quotes…because there is always someone who has said or done it so much better.

    I may be able to paint…but I do not try to “out-do” Leonardo daVinci and his Mona Lisa (or anything else of his)

    The same goes for writing or acting or filmmaking or any of the arts.

    I have no self-deceptions concerning where I fall in the scheme of things.

    And I can readily recognize my shortcomings.

    This quote has given wings to my purpose and I am grateful.

  • Marilyne

    on September 11, 2008 at 9:26 am

    I think that artists usually create art to express themselves through images, sounds or acting. Old paintings often represent the mood of the time the painter needed to express it. What is also great with art is that it can be differently interpreted. Even centuries after, people can still relate to it and feel a connection and somehow help them. I admire artists that are so creative and can express a specific thought or mood. I’m glad there are some talented out there because I am not! 😛

  • Jimmy Valentime

    on September 11, 2008 at 9:38 am

    that was really creative ….

    Art can mean one thing for the artist and another for the audience / fan / admirer

    Neither of them is wrong in there viewpoint.

  • Lexie

    on September 11, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I love Ansel Adams. This quote is exquisite.

  • Lydia

    on September 11, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for posting this truly wonderful quote.

  • Matt

    on September 11, 2008 at 11:50 am

    “Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.” ~ Francisco Goya

  • Grace

    on September 11, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    I’ve always loved Ansel Adams’ photography, but I have never seen that quote. It really speaks to me. I have recently come to believe that all of us are souls that are (were or will be) connected in a different time, place, or dimension (alternate reality?). We also have connections with some souls in this reality.

    Art is often a connection of souls. The artist expresses a part of his soul, and the people that see (hear, taste, etc.) it, experience it with their souls. Every individual will have a different experience and will feel it differently. Some people like to extend the experience by discussing the initial experience (the art) itself. In these discussions we may find commonalities in our experiences that further connect our souls with others.

    This is the basic reason I enjoy art. It is the feeling of connecting with other souls. I feel this connection whether I am the artist, the person experiencing the art, or just discussing it with someone. Am I making sense? I have had a lot to say today, so I hope I am not coming across as just babbling.

  • Melissa

    on September 11, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    It’s just beautiful!!!!! Thanks for posting that quote here…..Art is pasion and love, it’s so natural to see and give art around!
    Love it!

  • Robin

    on September 11, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    What a beautiful quote.

    More than that it’s a mantra on how to live life.

    I don’t think I can add anymore,except to say it sums up everything we have all been discussing regarding art.

  • shinefloyd / luigi

    on September 11, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    this quote… is a good point of view…
    like the others…

  • The Friday Philosopher

    on September 11, 2008 at 2:48 pm


    This quote explains art better than I did.

    Is it too late to say, “That’s what I was trying to say in my comment?”

    Friday 🙂

  • I'm Rachel

    on September 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    I just wanted to stop by see all the wonderful comments,and say I’m still here and read everything!!! I just haven’t had anything worth posting lately…

  • arash

    on September 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Hi everybody.
    I still am on my journey around the world, One day staring at the beautiful architecture of notre dame in paris, next day riding a cammel crossing the dessert to see pyramids. Right now I am in dubai Emirates staying with a friend. I noticed you guys have been talking about Art, new and scary, and other things that I have been seeing and living it in the past few days.
    I think Art is story telling. you can tell your story with colors, sound, movements,.. and you can tell a sad, encouraging, funny or scary story, it is your pick, just say it beautifully.
    David, I really hope you are 20/20 by now.
    Amanda, Tobey Maguire was asking me about Your phone number but I guess spiderman does not stand a chance eh?

  • Ana_Sullivan

    on September 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    The beauty perishes in life, but is immortal in art.
    (Leonardo Da Vinci)

  • David Hayes

    on September 11, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Maybe Ansel pre-dated the artists who were proud to make art all about the money.

  • David Hayes

    on September 11, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Ana_Sullivan Says:
    September 11th, 2008 at 5:26 pm
    “The beauty perishes in life, but is immortal in art.
    (Leonardo Da Vinci)”

    “The Last Supper” is having a hard time remaining immortal. Not only did it have a door cut through it, but it has aged pretty badly. It is a strange new world now that art can be electronically stored (and created as well) and preserved in a nearly endless variation.

  • Kyle

    on September 11, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Adams is probably my favorite photographer. I like this quote; very deep. Makes me want to develop those pictures I’ve taken a while back on my vacation.

  • taylor nikole

    on September 11, 2008 at 7:47 pm


    This quote explains art better than I did.”

    psshhh betta than you?
    then better than all of us :p

  • Lori Bennett

    on September 11, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    i am a lover of art-whether it is a painter (new or well known), or in performance. however, there was at least one particular person who took that photo of the fireman carrying the hurt child from the rubble of 9/11. the picture taken was one thing-it visualized the impact for us who was in other states that had no idea of the hell the people of nyc was going through, but prayed for w/o ceasing. someone person however took it upon oneself to create minature artifacts of the fireman carrying the child. that is not art. that is someone trying to capitalize on a tragic day for not only nyc people but thousands of people throughout the US that had loved ones in those towers or on those planes. art is suppose to make u think, appreciate, feel, etc as we come upon it, but art is not something u make to cash in on-on other people’s loss.

  • Adam Strange

    on September 11, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Just thought I’d let you know,

    I’m not dead yet.

    Next time you and Kristen are together, you should play “Scotty doesn’t know” really loud and note her reaction.

    If I had a life, would I be here?

    Ok, by.

  • Ana_Sullivan

    on September 12, 2008 at 12:28 am

    David Hayes Says:
    September 11th, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    “The Last Supper” is having a hard time remaining immortal. Not only did it have a door cut through it, but it has aged pretty badly. It is a strange new world now that art can be electronically stored (and created as well) and preserved in a nearly endless variation.

    You’re right. Some art is difficult to be inmortal in themselves. But in this particular painting, and in others, there are hundreds of books that talk about them, there’re even movies.
    These masterpieces are adapting to new times. In my opinion, this also could be called art. The way to look and preserve art renews. These paintings created for hundreds of years ago can continue been enjoying in our time and in all the world with the new technologies.

  • Brittny

    on September 12, 2008 at 12:39 am

    I really relate to what Marilyne says about expression. I think of art mainly as expression. But it is also a gift. As an appreciator of art… I love the relationship. With Ansel it seemed to stem out of his love of nature. When I look at his photos I giggle with delight at being given that gift. To kind of peek in at the relationship he had with nature.

    I guess it’s like what Grace says about different souls. I feel the same way but I see little lights. We are all these completely unique lights. And yes we expirience the world differently. So it’s fun to listen to music or see a painting or whatever the medium and even while recognizing the familiar humanity… see from that new and different POV.

    I also enjoyed the idea of art as storytelling. I’m so in awe of STORY lately and the huge role it plays in the lives of human beings.

  • Jo

    on September 12, 2008 at 5:56 am

    The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. ~William Faulkner

  • Vegas911

    on September 12, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Without a doubt Ansel Adams is one of the greatest photographers of all time….I have a special love for black and white art work…..it is endless in it’s boundries of interpretation.

  • Sean

    on September 12, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Amazing quote… I believe art is a feeling, an emotion. It is a way for an artist to examine their own feelings to work thru them or to embrass them, but at the same time transfer feelings to someone else who may have have something completely differnt stir inside them. Some may look at a painting and say “a four year old could have done that” and the very next person can look at the same painting and see the anger or the love in each strokes. Art is an emotion that is different to each person as it pokes and touches at our own experiences and draws out the passion we may have attached to those experiences.

  • Smallvillekent

    on September 12, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Allison, Excellent quote it really makes you think. Ansel Adams really hit the nail on the head. Don’t you love art.

  • Brittany

    on September 13, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    HA! Awesome quote Allison, I don’t think you can get a better definition then that!
    Britt XOXO

  • Christnot

    on September 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    A great notion.
    It is also greatly true.