Leonardo da Vinci, “On Painting”, 1651
‘‘… look at any walls soiled with a variety of stains, …, you will therein be able to see a resemblance to various landscapes graced with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, great valleys and hills in many combinations. Or again, you will be able to see various battles and figures darting about, strange-looking faces and costumes, and an endless number of things which you can distill into finely rendered forms. …”
“… just by throwing a sponge soaked with various colors against a wall to make a stain, one can find a beautiful landscape…”
1940s Jackson Pollock, forever used as an example of “kids today and their lack of art”. Connected directly to Leonardo da Vinci.