THE ART SPIRIT. A Singular Book by Robert Henri.
"There is the heart and the mind, the Puritan idea is that the mind must be master. I think that the heart should be master and the mind should be the tool and servant of the heart. As it is, we give too much attention to laws and not enough to principles. The man who wants to produce art must have the emotional side first, and this must be reinforced by the practical." - Robert Henry.
THE ART SPIRIT. page 119
THE ART SPIRIT is a jewel of a book. It contains the essentials beliefs and theories of Robert Henri, the great teacher and American artist. I was lucky to receive it as gift from my husband last year.
Robert Henri died in 1929. In Forbes Watson's words: "He was an inspired teacher with an extraordinary gift for verbal communication. Not only so but he ardently believed in the close relationship of Art to life. He believed that Art is a matter in which not only professionals and students, but everyone is vitally concerned."
I think that reflecting about the importance of the heart-mind relationship is a great way to begin a new year. Let's keep Robert Henri's advice in mind. Let's work on turning our mind into a powerful tool to support our heart.