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Anne Gunning in dress by Claire McCardell stands with artist Fernand Lèger in his studio, photo by Mark Shaw, 1955 Two weeks before his death, Fernand Lèger posed for this final portrait in the Paris studio he had occupied since 1913.

American ceramic artist and painter Toshiko Takaezu: "You are not an artist simply because you paint or sculpt or make pots that cannot be used. An artist is a poet in his or her own medium. And when an artist produces a good piece, that work has mystery, an unsaid quality; it is alive."

Netsuke of Hen and Two Small Chicks, 18th-19th century. Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910 (10.211.61) #spring