Pintura e Arte

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The Importance of the Art

By art alone we are able to get outside ourselves, to know what another sees of this universe which for him is not ours, the landscapes of which would remain as unknown to us as those of the moon. Thanks to art, instead of seeing one world, our own, we see it multiplied and as many original artists as there are, so many worlds are at our disposal, differing more widely from each other than those which roll round the infinite and which, whether their name be Rembrandt or Ver Meer, send us their unique rays many centuries after the hearth from which they emanate is extinguished. This labour of the artist to discover a means of apprehending beneath matter and experience, beneath words, something different from their appearance, is of an exactly contrary nature to the operation in which pride, passion, intelligence and habit are constantly engaged within us when we spend our lives without self-communion, accumulating as though to hide our true impressions, the terminology for practical ends which we falsely call life.

Marcel Proust, in "The Past Recaptured"

"A arte de pintar
É das mais poderosas
O passado para se memorizar
E o presente com coisas maravilhosas

Pode-se vislumbrar o futuro
Com a fruto da imaginação
Pois na pintura se precisa
De toda a inspiração

Pode-se pintar um retrato
Para sempre relembrar
Algo que fica eternizado
Num quadro para sempre se guardar

Podem ser momentos felizes
E até de tristeza
Mas naquele momento da pintura
Foi feito com maestreza

Pintar é uma grande arte
Pois tudo com ela se pode guardar
E fazer do passado o presente
E no presente um futuro criar..."