works of genius artists

“My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.”

- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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But no work of genius has ever been based on hatred and contempt. This is why the artist, at the end of his slow advance, absolves instead of condemning. Instead of being a judge, he is a justifier. He is the perpetual advocate of the living creature, because it is alive. He truly argues for love of one’s neighbor and not for that love of the remote stranger which debases contemporary humanism until it becomes the catechism of the law court. Instead, the great work eventually confounds all judges. With it the artist simultaneously pays homage to the loftiest figure of mankind and bows down before the worst of criminals. “There is not,” Wilde wrote in prison, “a single wretched man in this wretched place along with me who does not stand in symbolic relation to the very secret of life.”Yes, and that secret of life coincides with the secret of art.
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Create Dangerously

A Lecture by Albert Camus

December 14, 1957 at the University of Uppsala in Sweden

Someone walks by me sketching in the art department: “Oh that’s decent, not very realistic and a tad childish, but you know, it looks like a fun style.”

Someone walks by me sketching at work: “You have the artistic talent of a genius. Holy crap, how do you do this?”

God bless a change in perspective.

one thing that always sucks about being “the smart kid” is that you’re just “expected” to do well, so if you get good grades then fucking who cares you’re a genius you always get good grades. like no one is ever fucking happy for you because you just naturally get good grades, you don’t work for them, you don’t fucking study your ass off or anything, you’re just naturally good so your accomplishments don’t mean shit.

Okay artist time.
If an artist puts “just a little sketch” or “just something I threw together”, if it has “just” in front of it, a lot of the time the artist is downplaying their hard work.

Artists aren’t valued in society as genius because “anyone can be an artist”. It’s true, anyone can be, but not everyone is. Only a few of us strive to become artists, and even then we are met with challenges.

No one asks a med student “So when are you gonna give up this fantasy and go to a real college?” No one says to a football player, “Don’t worry, you’ll grow out of it.” And certainly no one says to English majors,“Couldn’t get into real college, huh?”

But every artist has heard that at some point.

We are conditioned to believe that art isn’t hard. That anyone can just pick up a pencil and be the next Da Vinci, or Van Gogh, or Georgia O'Keeffe.

We are told that out passion isn’t worth perusing, and we shouldn’t be proud of it because it doesn’t seem like hard work for those who cannot do it.

So don’t get angry at artists when they downplay their hard work. Get angry at society for making us think we should be downplayed. And then support us with kind words and comissions. Hit reblog, tell us when you think we’re doing great, and for the love of everything:


Support Artists.