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Art quotes (183)

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

He is the greatest artist who has embodied in the sum of his works the greatest number of the greatest ideas.
John Ruskin   Category: Art

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty you know youre an artist.
David Hockney   Category: Art

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

The refusal to rest content the willingness to risk excess on behalf of ones obsessions is what distinguishes artists from entertainers and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.
John Updike   Category: Art

Im not a driven businessman but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.
Lord Acton   Category: Art

In Chicago we may not think the Picasso presiding over the Richard J. Daley Center plaza is art but we know its a big Picasso and its the citys Picasso and when the Cubs made the play-offs the sculpture wore a baseball cap just like everything else.
Pat Colander   Category: Art

What is art? Nature concentrated.
Honore de Balzac   Category: Art

Art is a mans nature; nature is Gods art.
Bailey   Category: Art

A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.
Edmond De Goncourt   Category: Art

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

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   Category: Art

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Berthold Auerbach   Category: Art

Art is running away without ever leaving home.
Twyla Tharp   Category: Art

By the time the child can draw more that scribble by the age of four or five years an already well-formed body of conceptual knowledge formulated in language dominates his memory and controls his graphic work. Drawings are graphic accounts of essentially verbal processes. As an essentially verbal education gains control the child abandons his graphic efforts and relies almost entirely on words. Language has first spoilt drawing and then swallowed it up completely.
Karl Buhler   Category: Art

I didnt have any interest in traditional art.
Cindy Sherman   Category: Art

The people I am afraid of are the ones who look for tendentiousness between the lines and are determined to see me as either liberal or conservative. I am neither liberal nor conservative nor gradualist nor monk nor indifferentist. I would like to be a free artist and nothing else and I regret God has not given me the strength to be one.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov   Category: Art

Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.
Elizabeth Bowen   Category: Art

Art is frozen Zen
Reginald Horace Blyth   Category: Art

The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.
Hendrik Willem Van Loon   Category: Art

The Paleolithic hunters who painted the unsurpassed animal murals on the ceiling of the cave at Altamira had only rudimentary tools. Art is older than production for use and play older than work. Man was shaped less by what he had to do than by what he did in playful moments. It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities.
Eric Hoffer   Category: Art

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

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   Category: Art

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   Category: Art

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

When artwork is involved its almost assumed that its going to travel. Its too hot to stay here.
Gregory Miller   Category: Art

The artist should be a seeing-eye dog for a myopic civilization.
Jacob Getlar Smith   Category: Art

Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.
Marcel Proust   Category: Art

Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda and entertainment without moral passion is television.
Rita Mae Brown   Category: Art

Portraits are supposed to look within but in my opinion very few people have an interior significantly different from the outside portrait.
Jon Witcomb   Category: Art

Actually my artistic knowledge is so tiny it could fit into the brain of an art critic.
Michael Kilian   Category: Art

If people knew how hard I have had to work to gain my mastery it wouldnt seem wonderful at all.
Michelangelo Buonarroti   Category: Art

Sun-bleached bones were most wonderful against the blue - that blue that will always be there as it is now after all mans destruction is finished.
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The great artists of the world are never Puritans and seldom even ordinarily respectable.
Henry Louis Mencken   Category: Art

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

The finest works of art are precious among other reasons because they make it possible for us to know if only imperfectly and for a little while what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.
Aldous Huxley   Category: Art

The course of Nature is the art of God.
Edward Young   Category: Art

A musician must make music an artist must paint a poet must write if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be one must be.
Abraham H. Maslow   Category: Art

In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas   Category: Art

And since geometry is the right foundation of all painting I have decided to teach its rudiments and principles to all youngsters eager for art...
Albrecht Dürer   Category: Art

The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual the opposite of the reformer the opposite of the idealist.
Henry Mille   Category: Art

What I dream of is an art of balance of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter - a soothing calming influence on the mind rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
Henri Matisse   Category: Art

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

Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.
William Wordsworth   Category: Art

I cry out for order and find it only in art.
Helen Hayes   Category: Art

When Michelangelo finished the painting of the Sistine Chapels ceiling he spent the rest of his life trying to remove the paint that had poured into his sleeve.
Francois Cavanna   Category: Art

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

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
Claude Monet   Category: Art

If you practice an art be proud of it and make it proud of you. It may break your heart but it will fill your heart before it breaks it; it will make you a person in your own right.
Maxwell Anderson   Category: Art

A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe   Category: Art

Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.
Will Durant   Category: Art

That is what the title of artist means: one who perceives more than his fellows and who records more than he has seen.
Edward Gordon Craig   Category: Art

Without tradition art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation it is a corpse.
Sir Winston Churchill   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 Arts sake.
Edward Morgan E. M. Forster   Category: Art

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.
Leonardo da Vinci   Category: Art

I don't need the money dear. I work for art.
Maria Callas   Category: Art

If people knew how hard I have to work to gain my mastery it wouldnt seem wonderful at all.
Michelangelo   Category: Art

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

The more minimal the art the more maximum the explanation.
Hilton Kramer   Category: Art

The most awkward means are adequate to the communication of authentic experience and the finest words no compensation for lack of it. It is for this reason that we are moved by the true Primitives and that the most accomplished art craftsmanship leaves us cold.
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy   Category: Art

Twentieth-century art may start with nothing but it flourishes by virtue of its belief in itself in the possibility of control over what seems essentially uncontrollable in the coherence of the inchoate and in its ability to create its own values.
T. S. Eliot   Category: Art

This is the river of the great 19th-century landscapists; of Cole Cropsey and Church and at the end of the summer it lies motionless under the haze as under a light coat of varnish.
Judith Thurman   Category: Art

Every mans work whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else is always a portrait of himself.
Samuel Butler the Younger   Category: Art

Art is an invention of aesthetics which in turn is an invention of philosophers... What we call art is a game.
Octavio Paz   Category: Art

Art is long life is short. Ars longa vita brevis
Hippocrates   Category: Art

If I had been around when Rubens was painting I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well she would have been the paintbrush.
Dawn French   Category: Art

So-called art restoration is at least as tricky as brain surgery. Most pictures expire under scalpel and sponge.
Alexander Eliot   Category: Art

Why should I paint dead fish onions and beer glasses? Girls are so much prettier.
Marie Laurencin   Category: Art

Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being the former has made us men.
Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller   Category: Art

Sadistic excess attempts to reach roughly and by harshness what art reaches by fineness.
Percy Wynham Lewis   Category: Art

The artist belongs to his work not the work to the artist.
Novalis   Category: Art

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
Edward Steichen   Category: Art

Art is... a question mark in the minds of those who want to know whats happening.
Aaron Howard   Category: Art

Art is either a plagiarist or a revolutionary.
Paul Gaugin   Category: Art

The painter should not paint what he sees but what will be seen.
Paul Klee   Category: Art

Art is the proper task of life.
Friedrich Nietzsche   Category: Art

Strong and convincing art has never arisen from theories.
Mary Wigman   Category: Art

The studio a room to which the artist consigns himself for life is naturally important not only as workplace but as a source of inspiration. And it usually manages one way or another to turn up in his product.
Grace Glueck   Category: Art

The more horrifying this world becomes the more art becomes abstract.
Ellen Key   Category: Art

The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.
Jawaharlal Nehru   Category: Art

All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oysters autobiography.
Federico Fellini   Category: Art

Nature is the art of God.
Dante Alighieri   Category: Art

The True Artist has the planet for his pedestal; the adventurer after years of strife has nothing broader than his shoes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Art

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
Roy Lichtenstein   Category: Art

The artist is nothing without the gift but the gift is nothing without work.
Emile Zola   Category: Art

I thank God for my handicaps for through them I have found myself my work and my God.
Helen Adams Keller   Category: Art

It is the spectator and not life that art really mirrors.
Oscar Wilde   Category: Art

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   Category: Art

No great advance has ever been made in science politics or religion without controversy.
Lyman Beecher   Category: Art

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
François Auguste Rene Rodin   Category: Art

Inside you theres an artist you don't know about. Hes not interested in how things look different in moonlight.
Auguste Rodin   Category: Art

The Science of Government it is my duty to study more than all other Sciences: the Art of Legislation and Administration and Negotiation ought to take place indeed to exclude in a manner all other Arts.I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematics and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematics and Philosophy Geography natural History Naval Architecture navigation Commerce and Agriculture in order to give their Children a right to study Painting Poetry Musick Architecture Statuary Tapestry and Porcelaine. This letter has not been dated precisely but appears to have been written after Adamss letter to his wife on May 12 and before one written to her on May 15.
John Adams   Category: Art

Above all we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish when it cannot freely select its methods and objects when it is deprived of spontaneity then society severs the root of art.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Art

Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.
Marshall McLuhan   Category: Art

Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.
Lionel Trilling   Category: Art

I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject rather does the subject grow to look like his portrait.
Salvador Dali   Category: Art

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

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

Sir Joshua would have been glad to take her portrait; and he would have had an easier task than the historian at least in this that he would not have had to represent the truth of change only to give stability to one beautiful moment.
George Eliot   Category: Art

Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning.
Jacques Barzun   Category: Art

Art is more godlike than science. Science discovers; art creates.
John Opie   Category: Art

A painting is never finishedit simply stops in interesting places.
Paul Gardner   Category: Art

Colors that blend with the brick and the dark waters of the citys canals - greens browns and the strong shade of oxblood that is known as Bruges red.
Vicky Elliott   Category: Art

Art hath an enemy called Ignorance.
Ben Jonson   Category: Art

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
Unknown   Category: Art

When one buys some of my artwork I hope it is because they will wish to learn from it and not because they think it will match their drapes!
Christian Cardell Corbet   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

Art is an attempt to integrate evil.
Simone de Beauvoir   Category: Art

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
Francis Vincent Frank Zappa Jr.   Category: Art

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
Max Eastman   Category: Art

A fine artist is one who makes familiar things new and new things familiar.
Louis Nizer   Category: Art

The artists 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   Category: Art

Great artists need great clients.
I. M. Pei   Category: Art

I don't believe in art. I believe in artists.
Marcel Duchamp   Category: Art

Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
John Singer Sargent   Category: Art

Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener.
Arnold Schoenberg   Category: Art

If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh   Category: Art

The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.
James Baldwin   Category: Art

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 at me incredulous and said You mean they forget?
Howard Ikemoto   Category: Art

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

The great artist is the simplifier.
Henri Frederic Amiel   Category: Art

Art can only be truly Art by presenting an adequate outward symbol of some fact in the interior life.
Margaret Sarah Fuller   Category: Art

But the Devil whoops as he whooped of old: It's clever but is it Art?
Rudyard Kipling   Category: Art

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
General Dwight David Eisenhower   Category: Art

If I hadnt started painting I would have raised chickens.
Grandma Moses   Category: Art

I don't mind being miserable as long as Im painting well.
Grace Hartigan   Category: Art

Any great work of art ... revives and readapts time and space and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange special air.
Leonard Bernstein   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

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

A work of art has an author and yet when it is perfect it has something which is anonymous about it.
Simone Weil   Category: Art

The true artist will let his wife starve his children go barefoot his mother drudge for his living as seventy sooner than work at anything but his art.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Art

Art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass.
Walter Pater   Category: Art

Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
Margot Fonteyn   Category: Art

All art requires courage.
Anne Tucker   Category: Art

Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.
Frank Lloyd Wright   Category: Art

Science and art belong to the whole world and the barriers of nationality vanish before them.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Art

Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Art

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe the elephant and the ant. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.
Pablo Picasso   Category: Art

For me painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night a strangled laugh.
Georges Rouault   Category: Art

All profoundly original work looks ugly at first.
Clement Greenberg   Category: Art

A story is told that Whistler once painted a tiny picture of a spray of roses. The artistry involved in the picture was magnificent. Never before it seemed had the art of man been able to execute quite so deftly a reproduction of the art of nature. The picture was the envy of the artists who saw it the despair of the collectors who yearned to buy it. But Whistler refused steadfastly to sell it. For he said whenever I feel that my hand has lost its cunning whenever I doubt my ability I look at the little picture of the spray of roses and say to myself 'Whistler you painted that. Your hand drew it. Your imagination conceived the colors. Your skill put the roses on the canvas.' Then said he I know that what I have done I can do again
Sterling W. Sill   Category: Art

What garlic is to salad insanity is to art.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens   Category: Art

For the mystic what is how. For the craftsman how is what. For the artist what and how are one.
William McElcheran   Category: Art

The artist has one function-to affirm and glorify life.
W. Edward Brown   Category: Art

Art my slats! I can paint with a shoestring dipped in lard!
George Luks   Category: Art

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   Category: Art

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

I passionately hate the idea of being with it I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Orson Welles   Category: Art

Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.
George Jean Nathan   Category: Art

Nothing is so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.
George Santayana   Category: Art

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.
Francois-Auguste Rodin   Category: Art

Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes where we face it as free beings admiring asking and observing there we enter the realm of Art and Science.
Albert Einstein   Category: Art

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
Francis Bacon   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 to me was a state: it didnt need to be an accomplishment.
Margaret C. Anderson   Category: Art

All art is but imitation of nature.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Art

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers and never succeeding.
Marc Chagall   Category: Art

To send light into the darkness of mens hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
Robert Schumann   Category: Art

True art selects and paraphrases but seldom gives a verbatim translation.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich   Category: Art

Are you really sure that a floor cant also be a ceiling?
M. C. Escher   Category: Art

Good art is not what it looks like but what it does to us.
Roy Adzak   Category: Art

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

Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.
Anthony Burgess   Category: Art

What is art? It is not just nature it is nurtured nature. It is intelligence applied to what physical ability you have.
Rudolph Hametovich Nureyev   Category: Art

In a purely technical sense each species of higher organism is richer in information than a Caravaggio painting Bach fugue or any other great work of art.
Edward O. Wilson   Category: Art

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

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

Fine art and pizza delivery: what we do falls neatly in between.
David Letterman   Category: Art

Painting is possessed of a divine power for not only ... does it make the absent present but it also after many centuries makes the dead almost alive so that they are recognized with great admiration ...
Leon Battista Alberti   Category: Art

I paint with shapes.
Alexander Calder   Category: Art

A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
George Moore   Category: Art

That which is static and repetitive is boring. That which is dynamic and random is confusing. In between lies art.
John Locke   Category: Art

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

The art of love... is largely the art of persistence.
Albert Ellis   Category: Art

True ease in writing comes from art not chance As those move easiest who have learnd to dance. T is not enough no harshness gives offence The sound must seem an echo to the sense.
Alexander Pope   Category: Art

A painter should not paint what he sees but what will be seen.
Paul Valery   Category: Art

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of elimination.
Elbert Hubbard   Category: Art

Art is the objectification of feeling and the subjectification of nature.
Suzanne Langer   Category: Art

Art imitates Nature and necessity is the mother of invention.
Richard Franck   Category: Art

Art like morality consists in drawing a line somewhere.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton   Category: Art

Art happens - no hovel is safe from it no prince may depend upon it the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler   Category: Art

For Art is Nature made by man To Man the interpreter of God.
Owen Meredith   Category: Art