Hermann Hesse: “Art Was a Union of the Father and Mother Worlds”

Photographer Unknown, (The Artist in His Studio)

“Art was a union of the father and mother worlds, of mind and blood. It might start in utter sensuality and lead to total abstraction; then again it might originate in pure concept and end in bleeding flesh. Any work of art that was truly sublime, not just a good juggler’s trick; that was filled with the eternal secret, like the master’s madonna; every obviously genuine work of art had this dangerous, smiling double face, was male-female, a merging of instinct and pure spirituality.”

-Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund

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