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"I think a single sentence by Van Gogh is better than the whole work of all the art critics and art historians put together."

JOHN, OLSEN -

"Painting is a means of self-enlightenment."

JOHN, OLSEN -

"The important thing about Paris is not so much that one sees exciting work, but one meets people who feel that art is worth living completely for. This whole atmosphere is very good for work."

JOHN, OLSEN -

"The landscape contains the spiritual essence that is part of me. I am in the landscape and the landscape is in me."

JOHN, OLSEN -

"But with every new morning there's a new day. The spirit must rise, because that is the law of nature."

JOHN, OLSEN -

"It can be that in moments of intense self doubt, seeing glorious wattle blossom can reaffirm our faith in ourselves, remind us of that eternal optimism, that nature rejuvenates itself and continues the cycle of life - and so can we."

JOHN, OLSEN -

"Art is not so much talent as character- it's what you are, the qualities of the person."

JOHN, OLSEN -

"I love our laconic character and the larrikin streak that is an essential part, because it is unpredictable and profoundly felt. We should remind ourselves - never lose sight of a fair go. And remember the value of true friendship. Unless we love one another, we shall die."

JOHN, OLSEN -

"I do not know much about gods; but I think the river
Is a strong brown god -sullen, untamed, intractable,
Patient to some degree, a first as a frontier."

JOHN, OLSEN -

"The river is within us, the sea is all about us."

JOHN, OLSEN -

"I think nature should be looked at like a dictionary; you have to pick out the right nouns and adverbs and make them work as a metaphor."

JOHN, OLSEN -

"When you follow your feeling you get an identity of yourself."

JOHN, OLSEN -

"The you beaut country is a landscape of the mind."

JOHN, OLSEN -