“Love is an attempt to penetrate another being, but it can only be realized if the surrender is mutual. It is always difficult to give oneself up; few persons anywhere ever succed in doing so, and even fewer transcend the possessive stage to know love for what it actually is: a perpetual discovery, an immersion in the waters of reality, and an unending re-creation.” – Octavio Paz, The Labyrinth of Solitude
Gauguin, Paul. When Will You Marry? 1892. Oil on canvas.
“She could draw her desire but not its fulfillment.” – Franzen, Jonathan. The Corrections.
Cabanel, Alexandre. Cleopatra Testing Poisons on Condemned Prisoners. Antwerp, Belgium. Royal Museum of Fine Arts, 1887. Oil on canvas.
“We may doubt, but it is in God we doubt. We may kick against the pricks, but they are God‘s pricks.” – Karl Barth, The Epistle to the Romans
Sperl, Johann. Leibl and Sperl on the chick hunt. 1890. Oil on canvas.
“Read the Bible in one hand, and the newspaper in the other.” – Karl Barth
“Although frequently cited, the Barth Center has thus far not been able to discover an authoritative source for this quotation. Barth did occasionally make similar remarks.” -Princeton Theological Seminary
Van Gogh, Vincent. The Church at Auvers. Paris. Musée d’Orsay. 1890. Oil on canvas.”
“At the cross God got justice and we got righteousness. So now, in the church, we who are righteous ought to be found fighting for justice. . . . How is it that for so long American Christianity has had its finger on parsing the language of righteousness but its feet far from fighting injustice? And now, today, we are witnessing the emergence of a new generation of Americans that are fascinated with justice but they haven’t met the Author of righteousness.” – Charlie Edward Dates, MLK50 Conference
Picasso, Pablo. Guernica. 1937. Oil on canvas.
“But look,” Marta interrupted him, “how many lights there are in front of us. Everywhere there is light there is love. However different people are, however serious, they all fall in love. It may be hard to believe, but they are in love. Everywhere, in the streets, theaters, lectures, you will see people in love.”
“You don’t see straight. Or rather, you see only one side of things. You don’t notice work which is everywhere too.”
“I can see everything. But you don’t understand me, Yuri. You look at everything in an old-fashioned way, if you don’t mind my saying so. Perhaps you are right. But I want to be naive and beautiful and a little blind. I want to see everything better than it is, to believe in happiness, in something new. I want to wake up in the morning and sing. To go to bed and dream. I want this so much, Yuri. We mustn’t think about it too much. All of those people over there are in love without thinking and they feel well. But you told me to start thinking.”
– Valerian Pidmohylny, A Little Touch of Drama
Matisse, Henri. Woman Reading. 1894. Oil on canvas.
“Where oppression and human liberation seem to make God irrelevant—a God filtered by our longtime indifference to these problems—there must blossom faith and hope in him who came to root out injustice and to offer, in an unforeseen way, total liberation.” – Gustavo Gutiérrez, A Theology of Liberation
Dettmann, Ludwig. Near the water lilies in the marsh. 1897. Oil on canvas.