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Art Quotes – Who Said That?

Art Quotes – Who Said That?
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Quotes about art and creativity as said by artists, writers, scientists, performers and art historians.

“I do not want ART for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.”
-William Morris


“Every good painter paints what he is.”
-Jackson Pollock


“The big artist…keeps an eye on nature and steals her tools.”
-Thomas Eakins


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


“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
-Pablo Picasso


“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.”


“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”
-Joan Miro


“There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books.”
-Charlie Chaplin


“Art doesn’t transform. It just plain forms.”
-Roy Lichtenstein


“There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who,thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
-Pablo Picasso


“The position of the artist if humble. He is essentially a channel.”
-Piet Mondrian


“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.”
-Albert Einstein


“What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.”
-Eugene Delacroix


“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”
-Francis Bacon


“Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.”
-Edgar Degas


“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.”
-Rene Magritte


“There is no must in art because art is free.”
-Wassily Kandinsky


“To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and commonsense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms ofchildhood visions and dreams.”
-Giorgio DeChirico


“I shut my eyes in order to see.”
-Paul Gauguin


“The painting has a life of its own.”
-Jackson Pollock


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
-Pablo Picasso


“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”
-Pablo Picasso


“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”


“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.”
-Pablo Picasso


“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”
-Camille Pissarro


“It takes a very long time to become young.”
-Pablo Picasso


“I just feel that I’m in tune with the right vibrations in the universe when I’m in the process of working.”
-Louise Nevelson


“As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight and the subject-matter has nothing to do with harmony of sound or of color.”
-James Mcneill Whistler


“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 back at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?””
-Howard Ikemoto


“It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.”
-Henri Matisse


“Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind.”
-Louise Nevelson


“I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.”
-Henri Matisse


“Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.”


“The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it.”
-Gustave Courbet


“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.”
– Leonardo da Vinci


“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”
– Leonardo da Vinci


“Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.”
-Francisco Goya


“The source of genius is imagination alone, the refinement of the senses that sees what others do not see, or sees them differently.”
-Eugène Delacroix


“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.”
-Salvador Dali


“When I feel a little confused the only thing to do is to turn back to the study of nature before launching once again into the subjects closest to heart.”
-Raoul Dufy


“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.”


“A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.”


“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”


“Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated.”
-Auguste Rodin


“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.”
-Auguste Rodin


“It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.”
-Vincent Van Gogh


“In our time there are many artists who do something because it is new; they see their value and their justification in this newness. They are deceiving themselves; novelty is seldom the essential. This has to do with one thing only; making a subject better from its intrinsic nature.”
-Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

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