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Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
Henri Matisse

In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life, but from each other.
Oscar Wilde
The Decay of Living.

In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters.
Paul Gauguin

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist`s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.
Marc Chagall

In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.
Edgar Degas

In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.
Andy Warhol

In the upper and the lower churches of St. Francis, Giotto and Cimabue showed that art had once worshipped something other than itself.
Aldous Huxley

Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?
Andy Warhol

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block.
Paul Gauguin

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray.

It is through Art, and through Art only, that we can realise our perfection; through Art, and through Art only, that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual experience.
Oscar Wilde
The Critic as Artist.

It is well with me when only when I have a chisel in my hand.
Michelangelo

It requires a certain kind of mind to see beauty in a hamburger bun. Yet, is it any more unusual to find grace in the texture and softly curved silhouette of a bun than to reflect lovingly on . . . the arrangement of textures and colors in a butterfly's wing?
Ray Kroc

Let it be enough for you to have bread and live virtuously and poorly like Christ, as I do here. I live meanly and don't bother about life or honor... and I live with the greatest toil and a thousand worries. It is now about 15 years since I had a happy hour.
Michelangelo
From a letter to his father, October 1512 as he finishes the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.
Oscar Wilde
The Decay of Lying.

Life is very nice, but it has no shape. The object of Art is actually to give it some and to do it by every artifice possible, truer than the truth.
Jean Anouilh

Life isn't a support-system for art. It's the other way around.
Stephen King

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
Michelangelo

Love art. Of all lies, it is the least untrue.
Gustave Flaubert

My inspiration is ART...Because without ART we would just be stuck with reality.
Daniel R. Lynch
www.dansinspiration.com

Nature is a revelation of God; Art is a revelation of man.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nature is the art of God.
Dante Alighieri

Ninety per cent of the art I buy will probably be worthless in ten years time.
Charles Saatchi

No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.
Rainer Maria Rilke

No, I ask it for the knowledge of a lifetime.
James McNeill Whistler
Replying to the question: For two days' labor, you ask two hundred guineas?

No, painting is not made to decorate apartments. It's an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.
Pablo Picasso

Nothing is really so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.
George Santayana

Nothing so resembles a daub as a masterpiece.
Paul Gauguin

Now I as a painter shall never amount to anything important, I am absolutely sure of it.
Vincent Van Gogh

One puts into one's art what one has not been capable of putting into one's existence. It is because he was unhappy that God created the world.
Henri de Montherlant

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
Oscar Wilde
Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young.

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

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.
Edgar Degas

Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.
Pablo Picasso

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Pablo Picasso

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

Painting is saying "Ta" to God.
Stanley Spencer

Painting, n. The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.
Ambrose Bierce

People don't want art, they want football.
Ulrich Ruckriem

Picasso is Spanish, I am too. Picasso is a genius, I am too. Picasso will be seventy-two and I am about forty-eight. Picasso is known in every country of the world; so am I. Picasso is a Communist. I am not.
Salvador Dali

Public art is art that the public can't avoid.
George Wyllie

Sadistic excess attempts to reach roughly and by harshness what art reaches by fineness.
Percy Wynham Lewis

Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

She is like most artists; she is all style without any sincerity.
Oscar Wilde
The Nightingale and the Rose.

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects suck as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
Tom Stoppard
Artist Descending a Staircase.

Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truth, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned.
William Butler Yeats

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

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
William Faulkner

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
Pablo Picasso

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
Emile Zola

The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.
Auguste Rodin

The artist may not be a judge of his characters, only a dispassionate witness.
Anton Chekhov

The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful; his presence should be felt everywhere, but he should never be seen.
Gustave Flaubert

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
Auguste Rodin

The artist, like the God of creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.
James Joyce
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

The artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.
G. K. Chesterton

The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.
Hendrik Willem Van Loon

The beautiful doesn't matter to me.
Pablo Picasso

The best artist has that thought alone
Which is contained within the marble shell;
The sculptor's hand can only break the spell
To free the figures slumbering in the stone.
Michelangelo
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