Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #43–Less is More
This week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, the theme Amy gave us is:
“Less is More.”
We have heard of this phrase often. When I saw this theme, I was curious of the origin of the expression. The research took me to several places and I wanted to trace the origin. This is what I found out:
This is a 19th century proverbial phrase. It is first found in print in Andrea del Sarto, 1855, a poem by Robert Browning written to Lucrezia:
“Who strive – you don’t know how the others strive
To paint a little thing like that you smeared
Carelessly passing with your robes afloat,-
Yet do much less, so much less, Someone says,
(I know his name, no matter) – so much less!
Well, less is more, Lucrezia.”
The phrase is often associated with the architect and furniture designer Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (1886-1969), one of the founders of modern architecture and a proponent of simplicity of style.
Simple architecture in Kyoto, Japan.
Along the line of less or simple, here is a quote from a poet.
“Simplicity is the glory of expression.” Walt Whitman
Simplicity for children:
“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling you cherished them.” – Richard L. Evans
We often say, stop and “smell the roses,” but originally it was “smell the flowers,” a saying by Walt Hagan, the American professional golfer and a major figure in golf in the first half of the 20th century.
“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” 1956 The Walter Hagen Story