Burned by the Fire of Our Dreams: Paintings

Statements About The Nude

Kenneth Clark: "The English language, with its elaborate generosity, distinguishes between the naked and the nude. To be naked is to be deprived of our clothes."

Francis Bacon: "There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion."

Aristotle: "Art completes what nature cannot bring to a finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature's unrealized ends."

Albert Durer: "There lives no man upon earth who can give a final judgment upon what the most beautiful shape of a man may be; God only knows that..."

Why do dreams burn with such intense flame? And why are we so burned by the fire of our dreams? Reaching for the impossible, the human Nemesis of what enfolds us in our uniqueness, is so noble and yet so beyond our touch. Only in the night, the void of light, can we truly dream. Then beyond our day light fantasies do they appear. Their agony, their pain, their evil and their beauty touch our troubled souls -- and we, earth bound, are banished from this Paradise of such flights. Thus, haunted we are as we travel in our journeys through the nights.