Art Quotes

Art Quotes
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher

Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
Henry Ellis

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
Pablo Picasso

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Every good painter paints what he is.
Jackson Pollock

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
Edward Steichen

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
W. Somerset Maugham

Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul.
Louis Kahn

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
Francis Bacon

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

Give me a museum and I'll fill it.
Pablo Picasso

Great art picks up where nature ends.
Marc Chagall

I always try to balance the light with the heavy - a few tears of human spirit in with the sequins and the fringes.
Bette Midler

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.
Auguste Rodin

I cry out for order and find it only in art.
Helen Hayes

I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
Henri Matisse

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.
Francis Ford Coppola

I don't want to be interesting. I want to be good.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
Georgia O'Keeffe

I have been no more than a medium, as it were.
Henri Matisse

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
Roy Lichtenstein

I paint with shapes.
Alexander Calder

I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
Jodie Foster

I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
Andy Warhol

I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.
Barbra Streisand

If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
Honore de Balzac

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 no use for it.
Anais Nin

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

Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.
Lionel Trilling

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
Anatole France

In art the best is good enough.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color - not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression.
Henri Matisse

It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.
Oscar Wilde

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
Igor Stravinsky

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
Oscar Wilde

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
Franz Liszt

My hand is the extension of the thinking process - the creative process.
Tadao Ando

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art.
Clara Schumann

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw, the more of it I wanted to see.
Paul Getty

My mother said to me, "If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope." Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
Pablo Picasso

My painting does not come from the easel.
Jackson Pollock

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Oscar Wilde

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
Theodore Bikel

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
Ansel Adams

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
Gustave Flaubert

Our natures are a lot like oil, mix us with anything else, and we strive to swim on top.
Joan Rivers

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
Salvador Dali

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
Edgar Degas

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

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
Ambrose Bierce

Personality is everything in art and poetry.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
Ambrose Bierce

Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
Edward Steichen