Albert Pinkham Ryder Quotes

Albert Pinkham Ryder (March 19, 1847 – March 28, 1917) was an American painter best known for his poetic and moody allegorical works and seascapes, as well as his eccentric personality. While his art shared an emphasis on subtle variations of color with tonalist works of the time, it was unique for accentuating form in a way that some art historians regard as modernist

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Albert Pinkham Ryder


The artist should fear to become the slave of detail. He should strive to express his thought and not the surface of it. What avails a storm cloud accurate in form and color if the storm is not therein?

Albert Pinkham Ryder


What avails a storm cloud accurate in form and color if the storm is not therein?

Albert Pinkham Ryder


Imitation is not inspiration, and inspiration only can give birth to a work of art. The least of man's original emanation is better than the best of borrowed thought.

Albert Pinkham Ryder


A rain-tight roof, frugal living, a box of colors, and God's sunlight through clear windows keep the soul attuned and the body vigorous for one's daily work.

Albert Pinkham Ryder


It is the first vision that counts. The artist has only to remain true to his dream and it will possess his work in such a manner that it will resemble the work of no other... for no two visions are alike, and those who reach the heights have all toiled up steep mountains by a different route. To each has been revealed a different panorama.

Albert Pinkham Ryder


The artist needs but a roof, a crust of bread, and his easel, and all the rest God gives him in abundance. He must live to paint and not paint to live.

Albert Pinkham Ryder


Who hath seen the Phantom Ship, Her lordly rise and lowly dip, Careering o'er the lonesome main, No port shall know her keel again... Ah, woe is in the awful sight, The sailor finds there eternal night, 'Neath the waters he shall ever sleep, And Ocean will the secret keep

Albert Pinkham Ryder


The new is not revealed to those whose eyse are fastened in worship upon the old.

Albert Pinkham Ryder


Modern art must strike out from the old. The new is not revealed to those whose eyes are fastened in worship upon the oldâ?¦Have you ever seen an inch worm crawl up a leaf or twig, and then clinging to the very end, revolve in the air, feeling for something to reach? That's like me. I am trying to find something out there beyond the place on which I have a footing.

Albert Pinkham Ryder


The artist should strive to express his thought and not the surface of it.

Albert Pinkham Ryder


The artist should fear to become the slave of detail.

Albert Pinkham Ryder


The artist has only to remain true to his dream and it will possess his work in such a manner that it will resemble the work of no other man.

Albert Pinkham Ryder