|“Art of painting”, by David Lan-Bar|
In painting there are points of view. Cubism is a point of view, abstract
is a point of view. I don't have a social point of view, which I express
in painting. I have an artistic view as to precisely how my picture should
be. I do not accept half tones, I do not accept empty holes in the canvas.
The moment I neglect an area, I feel that there is a cavity in the canvas.
If I paint even a slight background, it is as if I gave in to the spectator,
which I do not want. If I paint a spot on the background I might as well
paint a portrait on the background, there is no difference. Some say that
a painting must express a social outlook, or something of the kind. ...
But this does not interest me.
Ali Mohar, "No Love for Small Things", Dvar Hashavua, September 22, 1972, p. 22.