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45 Famous Quotes on Art

Sai Kardile Mar 16, 2020
Art is like the interminable universe, we live in its infinity, but don't know how it came into being or where it is heading towards. It has no beginning or ending. This story brings forth some incisive and inspiring quotations about art from some of the greatest and exceptionally talented artists.
"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better."
― Andre Gide
Some have tried to define it, some have tried to complicate it, and some have tried to oversimplify it, but the temper of art is like an abyss, full yet absent, empty yet present. It is not meant to be comprehended but felt. In its very essence, art is about unbounded passion and reflections of life―the more you try to capture it, the more will it elude.
Our world has witnessed some of the best, tempestuous, incredibly gifted, avant-garde, maverick, shocking artists who flung themselves blindly in the profound ocean of art. It was for their indissoluble spirit and unimaginable passion for their art that helped them withstand criticism, hardships, and poverty.
Below are some handpicked quotes about art by the masters of art.

Inspirational Quotes on Art

"I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is."
― Jean-Michel Basquiat
"Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs."
― Pablo Picasso
"People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love."
― Claude Monet

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
― Thomas Merton
"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
"Art should astonish, transmute, transfix. One must work at the tissue between truth and paranoia."
― Brett Whiteley
"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad."
― Salvador Dali
"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."
― Michelangelo
"Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious."
― Oscar Wilde
"Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain."
― Georges Braque
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
― Edgar Degas
"I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living."
― Robert Henri
"Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor."
― Andre Gide

Quotes About Painting

"Today painters do not have to go to a subject matter outside of themselves. Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within."
― Jackson Pollock
"When I know your soul, I will paint your eyes."
― Amedeo Modigliani
"I dream my painting and I paint my dream."
― Vincent van Gogh
"I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality."
― Frida Kahlo
"If you could say it in words, there'd be no reason to paint."
― Edward Hopper
"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."
― Pablo Picasso
"A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people"
― Edgar Degas
"When 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."
― Paul Cezanne
"No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition."
― Claude Monet
"I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things; to suggest, not to impose, to leave always a slight touch of mystery in my paintings."
― Balthus
"A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places."
― Paul Gardner
"Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings"
― George Tooker
"Colour and I are one. I am a painter."
― Paul Klee

Quotes About Sculpting

"I say that the art of sculpture is eight times as great as any other art based on drawing, because a statue has eight views and they must all be equally good."
― Benvenuto Cellini
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
― Michelangelo
"A sculptor is a person obsessed with the form and shape of things."
― Henry Moore
"What I strive most to achieve in art is to make you forget the material. The sculptor must... communicate whatever struck his sensibility, so that a person beholding his work may experience in its entirety the emotion felt by the artist while he observed nature."
― Medardo Rosso
"All the sculptures of today, like those of the past, will end one day in pieces... So it is important to fashion ones work carefully in its smallest recess and charge every particle of matter with life."
― Alberto Giacometti
"Sculpture is the best comment that a painter can make on painting."
― Pablo Picasso
"The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of elimination."
― Elbert Hubbard

Famous Quotes by Artists

"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."
― Francis Bacon
"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."
― Francis Bacon
"The child is really an artist, and the artist should be like a child, but he should not stay a child. He must become an artist. That means he cannot permit himself to become sentimental or something like that. He must know what he is doing."
― Hans Hofmann
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
― Pablo Picasso
"Voyeurism is a director's job description. It's an artist's, too."
― Andy Warhol
"Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything."
― Eugene Delacroix
"To be an artist, one must . . . never shirk from the truth as he understands it, never withdraw from life."
― Diego Rivera
"The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves."
― Willem de Kooning
"An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture."
― Jean Cocteau
"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist."
― Oscar Wilde
"In our time there are many artists who do something because it is new; they see their value and their justification in this newness. They are deceiving themselves; novelty is seldom the essential. This has to do with one thing only; making a subject better from its intrinsic nature."
― Henri de Toulouse Lautrec
Spanning from transcendental to avant-garde, art is a ubiquitous phenomenon- ever evolving, ever changing. Consider the above quotes as colors and yourself as an immaculate canvas, let them paint you, for you might just discover the artist who dwells in you.