The Eminently Quotable Stanislaw Szukalski

There is a terrific buzz going on around a new documentary film entitled Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and his father George, a friend of the artist Stanislaw Szukalski. As a young man, Szukalski was a major force in the artistic literary and artistic renaissance in Chicago during the first two decades of the twentieth century.
Two of my favorite quotes are attributed to Szukalski, by Ben Hecht in his book “A Child of the Century” during the artist and sculptor’s time in Chicago. Here they are:
“If you can work for food, love a woman, fight all your troubles and then have something left over, something unused, something that you have put to work—–then you are an artist——maybe.”
“I put Rodin in one pocket,
Michelangelo in another,
And I walk toward the sun.”

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