Quotations About Art

Image“Art happens – no hovel is safe from it, no prince can depend on it, the greatest intelligence cannot bring it about.”  JAM Whistler

” The vast majority of English folk cannot and will not consider a picture as a picture, apart from any story which it may be supposed to tell.” JAM Whistler

“A true consevationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children”  J J Audubon

“One’s art goes only as far and as deep as your love.” Andrew Wyeth

‘What you see is what you see.”  Frand Stella

“You can be watching TV and see CocaCola and you know that the President drinks coke, Liz Taylor drinks coke and just think you can drink coke too.” Andy Warhol

“Copy first the works of God, then the works of Turner.”  Edward Lear

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple,  that’s creativity.” Charles Mingus

“Look at nature, work independently, and solve you own problems.” Winslow Homer

“The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.”

“My line is childlike, but not childish.  It is very difficult to fake.” Cy Twombly

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

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

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”  Leonardo da Vinci

“Art is never finished, only abandoned” Leonardo Da Vinci

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” Vincent van Gogh

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

There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.” Mark Rothko

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

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”  Goethe

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Edward Hopper

“Creativity takes courage. ”Henri Matisse

“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” Robert Henri

“Great art picks up where nature ends.”  Marc Chagall

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

“And now, I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.”Lady Gaga

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” Pablo Picasso

“I was very pleased when I discovered that sunlight cannot be reporduced but that it must be represented by something else – by color”. Cezanne

“You must suggest to me reality – you can never show me reality.” George Inness
“The true artistic impulse is divine”.  George Inness

“The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artists own spiritual nature, and, second, to enter as a factor in general civilization.”  George Inness

‘I do not attend the church service the better to indulge reflection unrestrained under the high canopy of heaven.” Asher Durand

“That is a fine picture which at once takes possession of you – draws you into it.  You traverse it, breathe its atmosphere, feel its sunshine and you repose in its shade without thinking of its design or execution, effect or color.” Asher Durand

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