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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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