Art Quotes 

"What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give".
- P. D. James


A child's attitude toward everything is an artist's attitude.
-Willa Cather

I dream my painting and then paint my dream.
-Vincent Van Gogh

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.
-Willa Cather

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
-George Bernard Shaw

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in a human situation.
-Graham Greene

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
-John Ruskin

Unless [artists] can remember what it was to be a little boy, they are only half complete as artist and as man.
-James Thurber

Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid.
-Jules Feiffer

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.
-Henri Matisse

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
-G.K. Chesterton

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

An artist cannot talk about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
-Jean Cocteau

Nobody sees a flower, really. It is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time.
-Georgia O'Keefe

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
-Georgia O'Keeffe

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

Art is not a thing; it is a way.
-Elbert Hubbard

To draw you must close your eyes and sing.
-Pablo Picasso

We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
-Pablo Picasso

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
-Pablo Picasso

It is not what an artist does that counts…but what he is.
-Pablo picasso

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
-Pablo Picasso

It took me 4 years to paint like Raphael, but a life time to paint like a child.
-Pablo Picasso

If I could say it (in) words there would be no reason to paint.
-Edward hopper

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
-Scott Adams

I do not want ART for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.
-William Morris

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
-William Faulkner

Every good painter paints what he is.
-Jackson Pollock

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
-Stella Adler

The big artist...keeps an eye on nature and steals her tools.
-Thomas Eakins

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
-James McNeill Whistler

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.
-Pablo Picasso

There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
-Pablo Picasso

This idea of art for art's sake is a hoax.
-Pablo Picasso

People want Art. And they are given it. But the less Art there is in painting the more painting there is.
-Pablo Picasso

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.
-Pablo Picasso

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.
-Joan Miro

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.

There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books.
-Charlie Chaplin

Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms.
-Roy Lichtenstein

The position of the artist if humble. He is essentially a channel.
-Piet Mondrian

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
-Francis Bacon

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.
-Edgar Degas

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.
-Rene Magritte

There is no must in art because art is free.
-Wassily Kandinsky

To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.
-Giorgio DeChirico

I shut my eyes in order to see.
-Paul Gauguin

The painting has a life of its own.
-Jackson Pollock

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight and the subject-matter has nothing to do with harmony of sound or of color.
-James Mcneill Whistler

Painting is silent poetry.
-Plutarch, Moralia

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college- that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?"
-Howard Ikemoto

It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
-Henri Matisse

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
-Henry Ward Beecher

Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind.
-Louise Nevelson

I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.
-Henri Matisse

I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
-Henri Matisse

The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it.
-Gustave Courbet

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
-Amy Lowell

Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.
-Francisco Goya

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
Salvador Dali

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
-Charles Horton Cooley

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.

Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated.
-Auguste Rodin

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
-E.M. Forster

It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.
-Vincent Van Gogh

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.
-Isaac Bashevis Singer

In our time there are many artists who do something because it is new; they see their value and their justification in this newness. They are deceiving themselves; novelty is seldom the essential. This has to do with one thing only; making a subject better from its intrinsic nature.
-Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.
-Paul Strand

More important than a work of art itself is what it will sow. Art can die, a painting can disappear. What counts is the seed.
-Joan Miro

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
-Twyla Tharp

Art is the imagination expressed through the senses.
- unknown

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
- John Ruskin, critic

Art is thought expressed through the hands.
-Indonesian artist

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.
-Henry Moore

A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist's world.
-Hans Hoffman

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.
-Theodore Dreiser

A work becomes a work of art when one re-evaluates the values of nature and adds one's own spirituality.
-Emil Nolde

Art is what reveals to us the state of perfection.

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
-André Gide

All great art is a visual form of prayer.
-Sister Wendy Beckett

Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know art.
-Wynetka Ann Reynolds

All art requires courage.
-Anne Tucker

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
-Oscar Wilde

But that's what being an artist is - feeling crummy before everyone else feels crummy.
-The New Yorker

Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.
-Fran Lebowitz~

Great art picks up where nature ends.
-Marc Chagall

Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
-G.K. Chesterton

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit. -John Updike

The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe, he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.
-Henry Mille

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
-Oscar Wilde

Let me ask you something, what is not art?
-Author Unknown

An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them.
-Andy Warhol

The buttocks are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the body because they are non-functional. Although they conceal an essential orifice, these pointless globes are as near as the human form can ever come to abstract art.
-Kenneth Tynan

For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.
-Georges Rouault

The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
-T.S. Eliot

Art is... a question mark in the minds of those who want to know what's happening.
-Aaron Howard

Art... does not take kindly to facts, is helpless to grapple with theories, and is killed outright by a sermon.
-Agnes Repplier

Art disturbs, science reassures.
-Georges Braque

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
-George Santayana~

Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.
Lincoln Steffens~

A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.
Edmond de Goncourt

An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.
-Paul Valéry

For the mystic what is how. For the craftsman how is what. For the artist what and how are one.
-William McElcheran

A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
-George Moore

I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.
-Claes Oldenburg

While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality... true art lies in a reality that is felt.
-Odilon Redon

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
-G.K. Chesterton

Why should I paint dead fish, onions and beer glasses? Girls are so much prettier.
-Marie Laurencin

Art is Man's nature. Nature is god's art.
-James Bailey

The work of art itself is . . . a vibrant, magical, and exemplary object which returns us to the world in some way more open and enriched.
-Susan Sontag, essayist

Art is nature seen through a temperament.
-Emile Zola

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
-Edgar Degas

In art one is concerned with the condition of the spirit for three quarters of the time; one must therefore care for oneself if he wishes to make something great and lasting.
-Paul Gauguin

I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
-Vincent van Gogh

As artists, we must learn to be self-nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them.
-Julia Cameron

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
-Emile Zola

Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
-Margot Fonteyn, English dancer

No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time. It is just that the others are behind the time.
-Martha Graham

Good art maketh glad the heart of man.
-Jeff Krewson

I think most artists create out of despair. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it's a painful, difficult search within.
-Louise Nevelson
US sculptor, painter

Art is just a pigment of your imagination.
-Tony Follari Comedian

Art is the work of a person, a human being, who is free to take into himself what he sees outside and from his free center put his human stamp on it.
-Sister Corita

Art, being quite useless, except to the soul, is the highest of all human endeavors.
-Bruce M. Rogers

To be an artist is to believe in life.
-Henry Moore

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing."
Salvador Dali

From music and dance to painting and sculpting, the arts allow us to explore new worlds and to view life from another perspective.  They also encourage individuals to sharpen their skills and to nurture their imagination and intellect.
-President George W. Bush



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