Art Quotes

A line is a dot that went for a walk.-Paul Klee

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.-Robert Schumann

 

 

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

 

 

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. – Dorothea Lange

 

 

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.-Pablo Picasso

 

 

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.-Eugene Delacroix

 

 

When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.-Alfred Eisenstaedt

 

 

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.-Jackson Pollock

 

 

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.-Henry David Thoreau

 

 

I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.-Le Corbusier

 

 

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.-Ansel Adams

 

 

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

 

 

In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.-Ernst Fischer

 

 

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

 

 

Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.-Agnes Martin

 

The perfection of art is to conceal art.-Quintilian

 

 

 

Art is Art. Everything else is everything else.-Ad Reinhardt

 

 

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.-Thomas Merton

 

What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.-Edward Hopper

 

 

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

 

 

The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.-Jerzy Kosinski

 

 

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.-Arne Jacobsen

 

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.-Claude Monet

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.-Joan Miro

 

 

I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists.-Marcel Duchamp

 

 

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.-Theodor W. Adorno

 

 

Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views.-Mary Schmich

 

 

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

 

 

A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.-Hedy Lamarr

 

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.-Paul Gauguin

 

Art is a harmony parallel with nature.-Paul Cezanne

 

 

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

 

 

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers – and never succeeding.-Gian Carlo Menotti

 

 

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.-Henry Moore

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love.-Alfred Sisley

 

 

 

Art must take reality by surprise.-Francoise Sagan

 

 

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.-Roy Lichtenstein

 

 

My hand is the extension of the thinking process – the creative process.-Tadao Ando

 

The artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history.-Robert Rauschenberg

 

 

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

 

 

I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.-Jackson Pollock

 

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

 

 

To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there’s no such thing as perfect.-Alexander Calder

 

 

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

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