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Bad artists always admire each other's work. They call it being large-minded and free from prejudice.
Oscar Wilde
The Critic as Artist.

Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.
Michelangelo

Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art.
Andy Warhol

But the Devil whoops, as he whooped of old: "It's clever, but is it Art?"
Rudyard Kipling

Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop.
Michelangelo

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Dilbert, created by Scott Adams

Do not imagine that Art is something which is designed to give gentle uplift and self-confidence. Art is not a brassiere. At least, not in the English sense. But do not forget that brassiere is the French word for life-jacket.
Julian Barnes

Do you know that women who are chaste remain much fresher than those who are not?
Michelangelo
Explaining why the Virgin Mary in the Pietà looks so young.

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
Henri Matisse

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

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Pablo Picasso

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
William W. Woollcott

Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
John Singer Sargent

Fairy-tales interest me as a manifestation of pure art, perhaps the very first instance of art detaching itself from real life, and also because - like pure art - they enhance reality, remaking it in their own likeness, separating good from evil, and bringing all fears and terrors to a happy conclusion.
Abran Tertz
A Voice from the Chorus.

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
John Ruskin

For an impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations.
Paul Cezanne

Genius is eternal patience.
Michelangelo

Give me a museum and I'll fill it.
Pablo Picasso

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style, He just goes on trying other things.
Pablo Picasso

Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts, the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art. Not one of these books can be understood unless we read the two others, but of the three the only trustworthy one is the last.
John Ruskin

Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
Salvador Dali

He will lie even when it is inconvenient, the sign of the true artist.
Gore Vidal
Two Sisters.

However rich I may have been, I have always lived like a poor man.
Michelangelo
To his biographer Condivi.

I already have a wife who is too much for me; she is my art, and my works are my children.
Michelangelo
On why he hadn't married, quoted in his complete poems and selected letters.

I am a deeply superficial person.
Andy Warhol

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Albert Einstein

I am still learning.
Michelangelo

I arrange my subject as I want it, then I go ahead and paint it, like a child . . . I want a red to be sonorous, to sound like a bell; if it doesn't turn out that way, I add more reds and other colors until I get it. . . I am no cleverer than that. I have no rules and no methods; anyone can look at my materials or watch how I paint - he will see that I have no secrets.
Pierre Auguste Renoir

I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I, which is my life - the power to create.
Vincent Van Gogh

I cannot help it that my pictures do not sell. Nevertheless the time will come when people will see that they are worth more than the price of the paint.
Vincent Van Gogh

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.
Auguste Rodin

I do not know whether he draws a line himself. But I assume that his is the direction…It makes Disney the most significant figure in graphic art since Leonardo.
Sir David Low
On Walt Disney.

I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.
Henri Matisse

I don't own any of my own paintings because a Picasso original costs several thousand dollars and - it's a luxury I can't afford.
Pablo Picasso

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

I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.
Vincent Van Gogh

I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer too, and the eye of the storm. I think art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.
Saul Bellow

I hate that aesthetic game of the eye and the mind, played by these connoisseurs, these mandarins who "appreciate" beauty. What is beauty, anyway? There's no such thing. I never "appreciate", any more than I "like". I love or I hate.
Pablo Picasso

I have been no more than a medium, as it were.
Henri Matisse

I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.
Leonardo da Vinci

I live shut up here, like the doughy middle inside the bread crust, poor and all alone, like a genie shut up inside a bottle.
Michelangelo
From a poem written by him.

I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene.
Grandma Moses

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
Pablo Picasso

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
Claude Monet

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
Michelangelo

I shut my eyes in order to see.
Paul Gauguin

I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.
Andy Warhol

I think that 95 percent of what passes for art in this world is complete and utter shit. And 4 of the other 5 percent is shit with an asterisk. But oh, that 1 percent makes you proud to be a human, doesn't it?
Dennis Miller

I told Your Holiness that painting is not my art; what I have done is spoiled.
Michelangelo
Telling the Pope that the painting of the Sistine Chapel had gone wrong.

I've finished that chapel I was painting. The Pope is quite satisfied.
Michelangelo
On completing ceiling of Sistine Chapel.

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
John F. Kennedy

If Botticelli were alive today he'd be working for Vogue.
Sir Peter Ustinov

If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens.
Grandma Moses

If my husband would ever meet a woman on the street who looked like the women in his paintings, he would fall over in a dead faint.
Jacqueline Roque
Mrs. Pablo Picasso (wife of Pablo Picasso).

If people knew how hard I have had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem wonderful at all.
Michelangelo

If that's art, I'm a Hottentot!
Harry S. Truman

If you hear a voice within you saying, "You are not a painter," then by all means paint - and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh
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