Salvador Dalí – The Great Masturbator (1929)

“If there is to be art, if there is to be any aesthetic doing and seeing, one physiological condition is indispensable: frenzy. Frenzy must first have enhanced the excitability of the whole machine; else there is no art. All kinds of frenzy, however diversely conditioned, have the strength to accomplish this: above all, the frenzy of sexual excitement, this most ancient and original form of frenzy” – Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

Giorgio de Chirico – Perseus with his horse (1940)

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“We seek those moments and marvellous experiences when a great power has voluntarily come to a halt before the boundless and infinite, when a superabundance of refined delight has been enjoyed by a sudden checking and petrifying, by standing firmly and planting oneself fixedly on still trembling ground. Proportionateness is strange to us, let us confess it to ourselves; our itching is really the itching for the infinite, the immeasurable. Like the rider on his forward panting horse, we let the reins fall before the infinite, we modern men, we semi-barbarians, and are only in our highest bliss when we are most in danger!” – Friedrich Nietzsche

 

René Magritte – The present (1939)

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“bird-like freedom, bird-like altitude, bird-like exuberance… once a ‘free spirit’… one lives no longer in the fetters of love and hatred, without yes, without no, near or far as one wishes, preferably slipping away, evading, fluttering off, gone again, again flying aloft… the free spirit henceforth has to do only with things – and how many things! – with which he is no longer concerned

– Friedrich Nietzsche