I will not consider it a misfortune that things have gone so far; on the contrary, nothwith standing all kinds of emotion, I feel a certain calm. There is safety in the midst of danger. What would life be if we hadn’t courage to attempt anything?
Vincent Van Gogh in a letter to brother Theo, 29 Dec. 1881
An artist is above all human being, profoundly human to the core. If the artist can’t feel everything that humanity feels, if the artists isn’t capable of loving until he forgets himself and sacrifices himself if necessary, if he won’t put down his magic brush, and head the fight against the oppressor, then he isn’t a great artist.