|A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
|A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
|Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.
|All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
|Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
|A picture is a poem without words.
- Quintus Horatius Flaccus
|A picture is worth a thousand words.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
|A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
|All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
|A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
|A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
|An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
|A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
|A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
|An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
|An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
|Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
- Gustave Flaubert
|The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
|Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
|Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
|The beginning is the most important part of the work.
|Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
|The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
|The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
|Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
|Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
|Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
|I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
|You don't take a photograph, you make it.
|Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
|Art is subject to arbitrary fashion.
- Kary Mullis
|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.
|To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
|Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
|Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
|The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
|Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
|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.
|I cry out for order and find it only in art.
- Helen Hayes
|The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.
|In art as in love, instinct is enough.
- Anatole France
|I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
|Great art picks up where nature ends.
- Marc Chagall
|What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.
|Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
|Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers - and never succeeding.
|Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.
|When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others, to bring them into the process.
|I think of my peace paintings as one long poem, with each painting being a single stanza.
|Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers... What we call art is a game.
|The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
|Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
|To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very g...
|Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.
|Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
|Artists themselves are not confined, but their output is.
|Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
|If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
|The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the...
|The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap th...
|Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.
|Pictures must not be too picturesque.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
|Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
|Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
|Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
- Igor Stravinsky
|Even a true artist does not always produce art.
|The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.
|I was the least Pop of all the Pop artists.
- Robert Indiana
|Art is science made clear.
- Wilson Mizner
|I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.
|The history of art is the history of revivals.
|I think about my work every minute of the day.
|If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
|My hand is the extension of the thinking process - the creative process.
|What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
|Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay
|If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
|Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
- Paul Gauguin
|I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
|All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
|I've never really had a hobby, unless you count art, which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby since I hadn't made mo...
|My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw, the more of it I wanted to see.
|Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt
|Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
|Trying to force creativity is never good.
- Sarah McLachlan
|True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
|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 ...
|The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor.
|The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
|Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
|So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
- Alexander Pope
|To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
|If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has ...
|Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
|I realize that protest paintings are not exactly in vogue, but I've done many.
|Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which alway...
|That's the motivation of an artist - to seek attention of some kind.
|Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
|Things are beautiful if you love them.
- Jean Anouilh
|Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
|Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.
|Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
|Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
|Art is not a thing; it is a way.
- Elbert Hubbard
|To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.
|Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
|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.
|To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.
|I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
|It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.
|Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux
|The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of eliminatio...
|Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
|An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.
|The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.
|In an artwork you're always looking for artistic decisions, so an ashtray is perfect. An ashtray has got life and death.
|The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
|An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
|In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
|My painting does not come from the easel.
- Jackson Pollock
|Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis
|The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts.
|Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.
|Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
|Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
|When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration.
|Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
|Vision is the true creative rhythm.
- Robert Delaunay
|Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
|The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
|Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
|Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
|The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
|Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.
|The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist.
|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 stra...
|My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art.
|Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
|Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
|Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.
|Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
|Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
|The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
|Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.
|Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
|When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awarenes...
|There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
|Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms.
|Artists don't make objects. Artists make mythologies.
|Wherever art appears, life disappears.
- Robert Motherwell
|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.
|I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
|You begin with the possibilities of the material.
|Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
|I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details fo...
|An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
|Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that...
|Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
|Light in Nature creates the movement of colors.
|Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort....
|Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
|An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
|Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
|Art is the proper task of life.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
|We have art in order not to die of the truth.
|Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
|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 b...
|No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
|Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
|The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
|I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.
|The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.
|Every artist was first an amateur.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
|When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
|The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passi...
|Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
|This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
|The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
|Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
|Every good painter paints what he is.
- Jackson Pollock
|I paint with shapes.
- Alexander Calder
|Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.
|Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint.
|Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
|The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
|Time extracts various values from a painter's work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture ...
|No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
|Minimal art went nowhere.
- Sol LeWitt
|The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.