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Strangeness

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. ~ Francis Bacon

Strange or strangeness are terms for the quality of being odd, unusual, surprising, out of the ordinary, not normal, unfamiliar, or not yet part of one's experience. They are derived from Old French estrange, and Latin extraneous, "that which is on the outside."

QuotesEdit

By accident most strange, bountiful Fortune —
Now my dear lady — hath mine enemies
Brought to this shore… William Shakespeare, in The Tempest
  • There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
  • It is the addition of strangeness to beauty that constitutes the romantic character in art.
  • But Lord! to see the absurd nature of Englishmen, that cannot forebear laughing and jeering at everything that looks strange.
  • I happen to find ways that are different from the usual techniques, which seems a little strange at the moment, but I don’t think there’s anything very different about it. I paint on the floor and this isn’t unusual – the Orientals did that.
    • Jackson Pollock interviewed by William Wright, Summer 1950; as quoted in Abstract Expressionism : Creators and Critics (1990) edited by Clifford Ross, p. 142
  • Each age finds its own technique … I mean, the strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.
    • Jackson Pollock, as quoted in Jackson Pollock (1967) by Francis V. O'Connor, p. 79
  • By accident most strange, bountiful Fortune
    Now my dear lady — hath mine enemies
    Brought to this shore
    ; and by my prescience
    I find my zenith doth depend upon
    A most auspicious star, whose influence
    If now I court not, but omit, my fortunes
    Will ever after droop.
  • Full fathom five thy father lies;
    Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes;
    Nothing of him that doth fade,
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and strange.

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