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A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires. – Hedy Lamarr

A picture is a poem without words. – Horace

A work of art is a confession. – Albert Camus

A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind. – Eugene Ionesco

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears. – Gertrude Stein

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. – Charles Horton Cooley

An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will. – Willem de Kooning

An empty canvas is a living wonder… far lovelier than certain pictures. – Wassily Kandinsky

An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. – Charles Bukowski

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves. – Julia Morgan

Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning. – Miguel de Unamuno

Art cannot be modern. Art is primordially eternal. – Egon Schiele

Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos. – Stephen Sondheim

Art is a harmony parallel with nature. – Paul Cezanne

Art is a revolt against fate. – Andre Malraux

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed. – Khalil Gibran

Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization. – Lincoln Steffens

Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth. – John Ruskin

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

Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting. – Elizabeth Bowen

Art is the child of Nature; yes, her darling child, in whom we trace the features of the mother’s face, her aspect and her attitude. – Beck

Art is the daughter of freedom. – Friedrich Schiller

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. – Twyla Tharp

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail. – Theodore Dreiser

Art is too serious to be taken seriously. – Ad Reinhardt

Art must take reality by surprise. – Francoise Sagan

Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty? – Paul Gauguin

Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess? – Ludwig van Beethoven

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued. – Jean Rostand

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. – Claude Monet

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad. – Salvador Dali

Every artist was first an amateur. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views. – Mary Schmich

Great art is an instant arrested in eternity. – James Huneker

I am my own muse, the subject I know best. – Frida Kahlo

I decided on the spot that I would be an artist, and I assure you, it was no ordinary artist I had in mind. – Henry Ossawa Tanner

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

I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art. – Ernst Fischer

I hope to live all my life for my art, without abandoning my principles one iota. – Gustave Courbet

I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you. – Frida Kahlo

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. – Frida Kahlo

I paint flowers so they will not die. – Frida Kahlo

I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration. – Frida Kahlo

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best. – Frida Kahlo

I rarely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body. – Barbara Hepworth

I see myself and many artists like me as the torchbearers through these dark ages. – John Zorn

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

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art. – Arne Jacobsen

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. – Max Eastman

Life is short, the art long. – Hippocrates

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

My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind. – Agnes Martin

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

Painting completed my life. – Frida Kahlo

Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas. – Georges Braque

Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible. – Balthus

Painting seems like some kind of peculiar miracle that I need to have again and again. – Philip Guston

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. – Dorothea Lange

Once an object has been incorporated in a picture it accepts a new destiny. – Georges Braque

One’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes. – Andrew Wyeth

Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees. – Marcel Proust

Really, I do not know whether my paintings are surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the frankest expression of myself. – Frida Kahlo

So vast is art, so narrow human wit. – Alexander Pope

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. – Pablo Picasso

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

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. – Walt Whitman

The basis of art is truth, both in matter and in mode. – Flannery O’Connor

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique. – Isaac Bashevis Singer

The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. – Albert Einstein

The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke. – Jerzy Kosinski

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. – Pablo Picasso

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. – Michelangelo

The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it. – Carl Rogers

This world is but a canvas to our imagination. – Henry David Thoreaul

Through a painting we can see the whole world. – Hans Hofmann

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. – Elliott Erwitt

What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit. – John Updike

What I wish to show when I paint is the way I see things with my eyes and in my heart. – Raoul Dufy

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. – Leonardo da Vinci

With an apple I will astonish Paris. – Paul Cezanne

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. – George Bernard Shaw

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 believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art’s sake. – E. M. Forster

You don’t take a photograph, you make it. – Ansel Adams

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