Art quotes and Quotations about Art for Everyone

Art quotes and Quotations about Art for Everyone

The artist gazes upon a reality and creates his own impression. The viewer gazes upon the impression and creates his own reality. Robert Brault

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

Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men. Friedrich Schiller

Architecture begins where engineering ends. Walter Gropius

Good architecture lets nature in. Mario Pei (1901–1978)

Architecture should be dedicated to keeping the outside out and the inside in. Leonard Baskin (1922–2000)





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

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An artist’s instinct is more refined than the typical mortal’s. Terri Guillemets

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

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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

Pictures must not be too picturesque. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality. T.S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent, 1919

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There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

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I want to reach that condensation of sensations that constitutes a picture. Henri Matisse, Notes d’un peintre, 1908

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Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness. George Jean Nathan, House of Satan

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They tell you that the great painters mixed blood with their pigments. It is not true; the compound used was brains. Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

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

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

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Art holds fast when all else is lost. German Proverb





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The painter puts brush to canvas, and the poet puts pen to paper. The poet has the easier task, for his pen does not alter his rhyme. Robert Brault

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

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

As far as I am concerned, a painting speaks for itself. What is the use of giving explanations, when all is said and done? A painter has only one language. Pablo Picasso

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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. Michelangelo

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There is in every artist’s studio a scrap heap of discarded works in which the artist’s discipline prevailed against his imagination. Robert Brault

Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God’s grandchild. Dante Alighieri, Inferno

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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

Art is long, and Time is fleeting. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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There is something ghostly in all great art. Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904)

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

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

Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale ’til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life. Jean Paul Richter

Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom. Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Colors are the deeds and sufferings of light. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One of the best things about paintings is their silence — which prompts reflection and random reverie. Mark Stevens

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

Art doesn’t have to matter to a lot of people to matter a lot. Jeb Dickerson

Art hath an enemy called ignorance. Ben Jonson

What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art. Augustus Saint-Gaudens

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




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