The painters’ equivalent is Robert Henri’s The Art Spirit and Charles Hawthorne’s Hawthorn on Painting. First published in 1923 and 1938, they are now available in paperback, by Harper Row and Dover Publications respectively. Both books consist of collected notes that delve into the why and wherefores of the creative soul. As such, they are worth more than all the “How To” books put together.
I first came across Charles Hawthorn on the shelf of the Kings Lynn (UK) public library in 1970 and I found Robert Henri in a Boston (USA) Bookshop in 1989. At one of my exhibitions in
, I met with a lady in her nineties who, as an aspiring art student, had been taught by Robert Henri. England
A quote at random from The Art Spirit:
A work of art which inspires us comes from no quibbling or uncertain man. It is the manifest of a very positive nature…
and from Hawthorn on Painting:
We must train ourselves to keep and preserve our fresh and youthful vision along with all the experience of maturity. If we do, we’ll be great artists – if we don’t we’ll be academicians…
Buy, borrow or steal a copy of both books.