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Topic: Art Quotes & Sayings - Quotes about Art, Famous Quotes by Artists A-AS
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A first rate soup is better than a second rate painting.
Abraham Maslow

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
Michelangelo

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.
Abraham Maslow

A photograph is not only an image (as a painting is an image), an interpretation of the real; it is also a trace, something directly stencilled off the real, like a footprint or a death mask.
Susan Sontag

A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts.
Joshua Reynolds

Abstract art: a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
Al Capp

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
Marshall McLuthan

All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.
Walter Pater

All art deals with the absurd and aims at the simple. Good art speaks truth, indeed is truth, perhaps the only truth.
Iris Murdoch

All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
Federico Fellini

All art is immortal.
Oscar Wilde
The Critic as Artist.

All art is quite useless.
Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray.

All bad art is the result of good intentions.
Oscar Wilde
De Profundis.

An art can only be learned in the workshop of those who are winning their bread by it.
Samuel Butler

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

An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks would be a good idea to give them.
Andy Warhol

An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.
Paul Ambroise Valery

And my aim in my life is to make pictures and drawings, as many and as well as I can; then, at the end of my life, I hope to pass away, looking back with love and tender regret, and thinking, "Oh, the pictures I might have made."
Vincent Van Gogh

Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.
Samuel Butler

Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manifestation of nature agree to find new shapes.
Kahlil Gibran

Art does not reproduce what is visible; it makes things visible.
Paul Klee

Art for art's sake.
Dante Alighieri

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Andre Gide

Art is a human activity which has as its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.
Leo Tolstoy

Art is a jealous mistress, and, if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband, and an ill provider.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.
Karl Marx

Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more human world.
Andre Maurois

Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated.
Auguste Rodin

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
Paul Gauguin

Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, and the deification of existence.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Art is like soup. There will be some vegetables you don't like but as long as you get some soup down you it doesn't matter.
George Wyllie, on modern art
Art is long, and time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still like muffled drums are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Art is long, life is short.
Hippocrates

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
Frank Zappa

Art is meant to disturb. Science reassures.
Georges Braque

Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it.
Vladimir Mayakovsky

Art is not a study of positive reality; it is a search for ideal truth.
George Sand

Art is not a thing; it is a way.
Elbert Green Hubbard

Art is significant deformity.
Stanley Fry

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
Amy Lowell

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.
Pablo Picasso

Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color.
John F. Kennedy

Art is the most beautiful of all lies.
Claude Debussy

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has ever known.
Oscar Wilde
The Soul of Man under Socialism.

Art is the proper task of life.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers and never succeeding.
Marc Chagall

Art is vice. You don't marry it legitimately. You rape it.
Edgar Degas

Art must be parochial in the beginning to be cosmopolitan in the end.
George Moore

Art never expresses anything but itself.
Oscar Wilde
The Decay of Lying.

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
Jean Cocteau

Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.
Henry Miller

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

Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid.
Jules Feiffer

Artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

As an artist, all I need is my paints and brushes - and someone to drag me away when the canvas is done.
Pablo Picasso

As for the degenerate artists, I forbid them to force their so-called experiences upon the public. If they do see fields blue, they are deranged, and should go to an asylum. If the only pretend to see them blue, they are criminals, and should go to prison. I will purge the nation of them.
Adolf Hitler

As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.
Calvin and Hobbes
Comic strip by Bill Watterson.
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