„The works of 'abstract' art are subtle creations of order out of simple contrasting elements.“

Asymmetric Typography (1935)

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German graphic designer 1902 - 1974

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„The chief element of creation is love and the chief action of love is Art.“

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„Nothing as drastic an innovation as abstract art could have come in to existence, save as the consequence of a most profound, relentless, unquenchable need. The need is for felt experience - intense, immediate, direct, subtle, unified, warm, vivid, rhythmic.“

—  Robert Motherwell American artist 1915 - 1991

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„We believe that the elements in the chemical formula of our creative work, problem, invention, and art, correspond to the challenges of our age.“

—  El Lissitsky Soviet artist, designer, photographer, teacher, typographer and architect 1890 - 1941

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„Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings. That's the end“

—  Agnes Martin American artist 1912 - 2004

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„Life’s like art. You have to work hard to keep it simple and still have meaning.“

—  Charles de Lint author 1951

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„A work of art is good if it has grown out of necessity.“

—  Rainer Maria Rilke, book Letters to a Young Poet

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„The square is not a subconscious form. It is the creation of intuitive reason. The face of the new art. The square is a living, regal infant. The first step of pure creation in art.“

—  Kazimir Malevich Russian and Soviet artist of polish descent 1878 - 1935

Quote in 'From Cubism and Futurism to Suprematism: The New Realism in Painting', Kazimir Malevich, November 1916
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