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"Calder at Home The Joyous Environment of Alexander Calder" by Pedro Guerreo

Art studio of Alexander Calder

I’ve been collecting images of artist studios and writing spaces as inspiration for creating my own art/writing workspace. Some of these images are of famous artists and writers. It’s been so interesting to match the creative mind with the space that inspires it. Most of the creative spaces that have been most inspiring to me belong to people who are not famous, or at least unknown to me, and perhaps I’ll share those another time.

Here I’ve matched the spaces with famous quotes from the inhabitants. See if you can guess who they are. If you can’t, the names are listed below.

  1. “With age art and life grow together.” 

"With age art and life grow together."  ---George Braque

2. “I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.”

Matisse, paper cutting. We both love Matisse, especially the cut paper works of his latter days. I actually made two quilts based on those artworks.

3. “My library is an archive of longings.”

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4. “My fan mail is enormous. Everyone is under six.”

Alexander Calder in his studio. I want those rugs!

5. “All sorrows can be borne if you can put them into a story.”

Danish author Karen Blixen (1885-1962) at her desk in Rungstedlund | Lindequist

6. “I think of my studio as a vegetable garden, where things follow their natural course. They grow, they ripen. You have to graft. You have to water.”

Joan Miró, Son Abrines, 1978, Photo Jean Marie del Moral

7. “I believe in deeply ordered chaos.”

Francis Bacon in his Studio 1977

8. “What you do when you paint, you take a brush full of paint, get paint on the picture, and you have faith.”

Willem de Kooning by Thomas Hoepker

9. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

Jack London famous author desk, famous writing desks, writers at work, photos of writers

10. “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”

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11. “Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed?”

writer hc-annie-dillard-born-april-30-1945-20130225 Getty Images July 1987

12. “In the arts, as in life, everything is possible provided it is based on love.”

Marc Chagall in his studio, 1955. Photo by Mark Shaw

Artists and writers: 1-George Braque, 2-Henri Matisse, 3-Susan Sontag, 4-Alexander Calder, 5-Karen Blixen, 6-Joan Miro, 7-Francis Bacon, 8-Willem de Kooning, 9-Jack London, 10-Frida Kahlo, 11-Annie Dillard, 12-Marc Chagall