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
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