“Everyone wants to understand art.
Why not try to understand the song of a bird?
Why does one love the night, flowers, everything around one,
without trying to understand them?
If only they would realize above all
that an artist works of necessity,
that he himself is only a trifling bit of the world,
and that no more importance should be attached to him
than to plenty of other things which please us in the world,
though we can’t explain them.
People who try to explain pictures are usually
barking up the wrong tree.”