"The modest domestic circumstances of Tolstoy, the lack of comfort in Rodin's rooms - it all points to the same thing: that one must make up one's mind: either this or that. Either happiness or art. On doit trouver le bonheur dans son art [one must find happiness in one's art]: that too, more or less, is what Rodin said. And it is all so clear, so clear. The great artists have all let their lives become overgrown like an old path and have borne everything in their art. Their lives have become atrophied, like an organ they no longer use."
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
- Rainer Maria Rilke, in a letter to Clara Rilke, Sept 5, 1902.
Image: Modersohn-Becker's portrait of Rainer Maria Rilke.