Topics - Art


Quote 28A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
Quote 73A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
Quote 74Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.
Quote 81All art is but imitation of nature. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Quote 91Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
Quote 94A picture is a poem without words. - Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Quote 119A picture is worth a thousand words. - Napoleon Bonaparte
Quote 159A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
Quote 224All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
Quote 245A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
Quote 290A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
Quote 311An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
Quote 337A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
Quote 409A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
Quote 410An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
Quote 448An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
Quote 1024Of all lies, art is the least untrue. - Gustave Flaubert
Quote 1242The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Quote 1357Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. - Oliver Wendell Holmes
Quote 1504Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Quote 1799The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Quote 1851Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Quote 2222The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
Quote 2673The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
Quote 2768Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
Quote 2835Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
Quote 4186Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
Quote 4689I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
Quote 4883You don't take a photograph, you make it.
Quote 7627Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
Quote 7750Art is subject to arbitrary fashion. - Kary Mullis
Quote 7764The 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.
Quote 7825To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
Quote 7831Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
Quote 7846Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Quote 7865The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
Quote 7872Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
Quote 7883When 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.
Quote 7894I cry out for order and find it only in art. - Helen Hayes
Quote 7900The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.
Quote 7910In art as in love, instinct is enough. - Anatole France
Quote 7915I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
Quote 7968Great art picks up where nature ends. - Marc Chagall
Quote 7979What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.
Quote 8029Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
Quote 8040Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers - and never succeeding.
Quote 8043Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.
Quote 8046When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others, to bring them into the process.
Quote 8150I think of my peace paintings as one long poem, with each painting being a single stanza.
Quote 8177Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers... What we call art is a game.
Quote 8193The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
Quote 8204Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
Quote 8234To 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...
Quote 8235Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.
Quote 8275Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
Quote 8286Artists themselves are not confined, but their output is.
Quote 8302Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
Quote 8313If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
Quote 8370The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the...
Quote 8525The 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...
Quote 8544Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.
Quote 8557Pictures must not be too picturesque. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Quote 8561Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
Quote 8580Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
Quote 8584Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal. - Igor Stravinsky
Quote 8605Even a true artist does not always produce art.
Quote 8608The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.
Quote 8620I was the least Pop of all the Pop artists. - Robert Indiana
Quote 8684Art is science made clear. - Wilson Mizner
Quote 8686I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.
Quote 8690The history of art is the history of revivals.
Quote 8722I think about my work every minute of the day.
Quote 8782If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Quote 8823My hand is the extension of the thinking process - the creative process.
Quote 8855What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
Quote 8883Painting is by nature a luminous language. - Robert Delaunay
Quote 8890If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
Quote 8902Art is either plagiarism or revolution. - Paul Gauguin
Quote 8971I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
Quote 8981All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
Quote 8983I'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...
Quote 8988My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw, the more of it I wanted to see.
Quote 8989Rules and models destroy genius and art. - William Hazlitt
Quote 9001Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
Quote 9027Trying to force creativity is never good. - Sarah McLachlan
Quote 9075True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
Quote 9093The 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 ...
Quote 9116The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor.
Quote 9147The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
Quote 9178Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
Quote 9231So vast is art, so narrow human wit. - Alexander Pope
Quote 9246To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
Quote 9280If 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 ...
Quote 9289Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
Quote 9369I realize that protest paintings are not exactly in vogue, but I've done many.
Quote 9375Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which alway...
Quote 9411That's the motivation of an artist - to seek attention of some kind.
Quote 9436Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
Quote 9534Things are beautiful if you love them. - Jean Anouilh
Quote 9601Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Quote 9639Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.
Quote 9641Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
Quote 9667Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
Quote 9710Art is not a thing; it is a way. - Elbert Hubbard
Quote 9724To make pictures big is to make them more powerful.
Quote 9778Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
Quote 9837It 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.
Quote 9849To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.
Quote 9906I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
Quote 9996It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.
Quote 10017Art is a revolt against fate. - Andre Malraux
Quote 10037The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of eliminatio...
Quote 10102Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
Quote 10120An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.
Quote 10151The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.
Quote 10152In an artwork you're always looking for artistic decisions, so an ashtray is perfect. An ashtray has got life and death.
Quote 10188The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
Quote 10217An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
Quote 10266In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
Quote 10314My painting does not come from the easel. - Jackson Pollock
Quote 10371Every artist writes his own autobiography. - Henry Ellis
Quote 10394The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts.
Quote 10434Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.
Quote 10440Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
Quote 10457Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
Quote 10498When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration.
Quote 10501Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
Quote 10580Vision is the true creative rhythm. - Robert Delaunay
Quote 10695Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
Quote 10726The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
Quote 10736Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
Quote 10814Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Quote 10904The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
Quote 10936Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.
Quote 10954The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist.
Quote 10994The 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...
Quote 11091My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art.
Quote 11102Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
Quote 11164Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
Quote 11193Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.
Quote 11204Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
Quote 11380Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
Quote 11488The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
Quote 11489Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.
Quote 11500Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
Quote 11524When 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...
Quote 11594There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
Quote 11611Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms.
Quote 11666Artists don't make objects. Artists make mythologies.
Quote 11769Wherever art appears, life disappears. - Robert Motherwell
Quote 11815Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
Quote 11909I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
Quote 11996You begin with the possibilities of the material.
Quote 12004Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Quote 12056I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details fo...
Quote 12080An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
Quote 12142Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that...
Quote 12147Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
Quote 12203Light in Nature creates the movement of colors.
Quote 12246Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort....
Quote 12287Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
Quote 12333An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
Quote 12364Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
Quote 12436Art is the proper task of life. - Friedrich Nietzsche
Quote 12484We have art in order not to die of the truth.
Quote 12571Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
Quote 12638Works 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...
Quote 12669No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Quote 12705Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
Quote 12726The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Quote 12809I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.
Quote 12837The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.
Quote 13041Every artist was first an amateur. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Quote 13121When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
Quote 13132The 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...
Quote 13142Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
Quote 13162This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
Quote 13266The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
Quote 13287Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
Quote 13394Every good painter paints what he is. - Jackson Pollock
Quote 13465I paint with shapes. - Alexander Calder
Quote 13485Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.
Quote 13498Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint.
Quote 13564Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Quote 13649The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
Quote 13722Time extracts various values from a painter's work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture ...
Quote 13924No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
Quote 13951Minimal art went nowhere. - Sol LeWitt
Quote 14047The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.