How does the quote go that a sculptor said when asked how he could sculpt such a beautiful horse (or whatever it was that he was quoting)? It goes something like this: "I simply carve away anything that does not look like a horse." Can anyone give me the specific quote and who said it?
The original is usually attributed to Michelangelo:
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." Michelangelo (1475 - 1564) Italian painter, sculptor, architect, poet
He did a series of "Prigioni" (prisoners)--partially "rleased" figures in stone that now are displayed with David.
Others have built on this, as in:
"Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain." Elie Wiesel (1928 - ____) Romanian-US novelist In "Writers at Work," ed. by George Plimpton, 1988.
Someone asked a sculpture how he could take a big piece of marble and make it look like a horse. He said that you take your hammer and chisel and you knock off everything that does not look like a horse and when you are through what you have left looks like a horse.
A man who was seen chiseling a rock into a beautiful horse was asked, "How do you make a sculpture of a horse?" The artist responded, "I simply chisel away everything that doesn't look like a horse."
An artist can create a sculpture by addition or by subtraction. A sculptor was once asked how he could transform a solid block of marble into the life-size figure of a horse. He said, I simply chip away everything that doesn't look like a horse.
There's an old story about a famous sculptor (I forget who) who was asked, "How do you do a sculpture of a horse?" He replied, "Easy. Start with a big block of marble and take away everything that doesn't look like a horse."