Henri Matisse, La Danse from The Joy of Life

Cyril: “I can quite understand your objection to art being treated as a mirror. You think it would reduce genius to the position of a cracked looking glass. But you don’t mean to say the you seriously believe Life imitates Art, that Life in fact is the mirror and Art the reality?”

Vivian: “I do.”

— Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying, 1889


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Jon Mack, South Newfane, Vermont

Hans Hoffman, The Golden Wall 

Hans Hoffman, The Golden Wall

Hospital inscription in Cuba: "A single human life is worth millions of times more than the wealth of the richest person on earth"
Placard on hospital in Cuba: “The life of one person is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest person in the world.”

Essays on creativity, community, social change, and the search for meaning