Quote by Francis Bacon
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
This quote suggests that true excellence and beauty require a certain degree of uniqueness or unusualness. It implies that qualities, ideas, or designs that deviate from the norm or challenge conventional standards can be key aspects of extraordinary beauty. In other words, true beauty often lies in the unexpected or peculiar, as opposed to conforming to predictable or idealized standards of beauty. This quote reminds us to appreciate and value the unconventional forms of beauty that exist in the world.
On the contrary, art consists of inventing and not copying. The Italian Renaissance is a period of artistic decadence. Those men, devoid of their predecessors' inventiveness, thought they were stronger as imitators-that is false. Art must be free in its inventiveness, it must raise us above too much reality. This is its goal, whether it is poetry or painting. The plastic life, the picture, is made up of harmonious relationships among volumes, lines, and colors. These are the three forces that must govern works of art. If, in organizing these three essential elements harmoniously, one finds that objects, elements of reality, can enter into the composition, it may be better and may give the work more richness. But they must be subordinated to the three essential elements mentioned above. Modern work thus takes a point of view directly opposed to academic work. Academic work puts the subject first and relegates pictorial values to a secondary level, if there is room.For us others, it is the opposite. Every canvas, even if nonrepresentational, that depends on harmonious relationships of the three forces-color, volume, and line-is a work of art. I repeat, if the object can be included without shattering the governing structure, the canvas is enriched.Sometimes these relationships are merely decorative when they are abstract. But if objects figure in the composition-free objects with a genuine plastic value-pictures result that have as much variety and profundity as any with an imitative subject.