Aphorisms for Artists by Walter Darby Bannard

Aphorism #46

Good art is what it is, not what you want it to be.

After years of talking about it, a collector finally bought one of my paintings. A week later he brought it back, apologetically saying, “It’s a really good picture but it just doesn’t go with anything in my house.”

“Well,” I said, “maybe you should get rid of what you have in your house.”

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