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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