The Complexity of Simplicity: The Inner Structure of the Artistic Image

  • Juhani PallasmaaEmail author
Part of the Mathematics, Culture, and the Arts book series (MACUAR)


The means with which one paints can never be simple enough. I have always forced myself to become simpler. But the maximum simplicity coincides with the maximum fullness. The simplest means frees the eye for vision to the maximum of clarity. And in the long run only the simplest means is convincing. But courage has always been required in order to be simple. I think there’s nothing harder in the world. Those who work with simple means should never be afraid of becoming apparently trite.


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  1. 1.Juhani Pallasmaa ArchitectsHelsinkiFinland

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