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art quotes (185)

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
Ansel Adams   Category: Art

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
Ansel Adams   Category: Art

You don't take a photograph, you make it.
Ansel Adams   Category: Art

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

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
Theodor Adorno   Category: Art

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
Theodor Adorno   Category: Art

I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art, which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby since I hadn't made money with it.
Laurie Anderson   Category: Art

My hand is the extension of the thinking process - the creative process.
Tadao Ando   Category: Art

Things are beautiful if you love them.
Jean Anouilh   Category: Art

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

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
Francis Bacon   Category: Art

If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
Honore de Balzac   Category: Art

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

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.
John Berger   Category: Art

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
Ambrose Bierce   Category: Art

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
Ambrose Bierce   Category: Art

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
Theodore Bikel   Category: Art

A picture is worth a thousand words.
Napoleon Bonaparte   Category: Art

A painting that is well composed is half finished.
Pierre Bonnard   Category: Art

Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
Gwendolyn Brooks   Category: Art

The history of art is the history of revivals.
Samuel Butler   Category: Art

I paint with shapes.
Alexander Calder   Category: Art

To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.
Alexander Calder   Category: Art

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
Albert Camus   Category: Art

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
Albert Camus   Category: Art

Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
Al Capp   Category: Art

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
Dale Carnegie   Category: Art

The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
Henri Cartier-Bresson   Category: Art

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.
Henri Cartier-Bresson   Category: Art

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.
Paul Cezanne   Category: Art

Great art picks up where nature ends.
Marc Chagall   Category: Art

Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
Gilbert K. Chesterton   Category: Art

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
Gilbert K. Chesterton   Category: Art

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.
Gilbert K. Chesterton   Category: Art

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
Winston Churchill   Category: Art

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
John Ciardi   Category: Art

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
Jean Cocteau   Category: Art

The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.
Cyril Connolly   Category: Art

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

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.
Francis Ford Coppola   Category: Art

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
Salvador Dali   Category: Art

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
Salvador Dali   Category: Art

The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.
Salvador Dali   Category: Art

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

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
Eugene Delacroix   Category: Art

Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint.
Robert Delaunay   Category: Art

Light in Nature creates the movement of colors.
Robert Delaunay   Category: Art

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
Robert Delaunay   Category: Art

Vision is the true creative rhythm.
Robert Delaunay   Category: Art

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

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.
Max Eastman   Category: Art

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
Henry Ellis   Category: Art

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.
Arthur Erickson   Category: Art

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
Arthur Erickson   Category: Art

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   Category: Art

All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
Federico Fellini   Category: Art

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
Gustave Flaubert   Category: Art

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
Gustave Flaubert   Category: Art

By the work one knows the workman.
Jean de La Fontaine   Category: Art

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   Category: Art

Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake.
E. M. Forster   Category: Art

I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
Jodie Foster   Category: Art

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
Anatole France   Category: Art

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
Paul Gauguin   Category: Art

The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.
Paul Gauguin   Category: Art

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw, the more of it I wanted to see.
Paul Getty   Category: Art

The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor.
Paul Getty   Category: Art

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
Khalil Gibran   Category: Art

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
Andre Gide   Category: Art

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Andre Gide   Category: Art