Art Quotes

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No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

Oscar Wilde

My inspiration is art… because without art, we would just be stuck with reality.

Daniel R. Lynch

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way — things I had no words for.

Georgia O'Keeffe

Art disturbs, science reassures.

Georges Braque

Art is man’s challenge to time, his rebuke to chaos; the protest will survive neither the triumph of fire, nor the finality of ice — but it is better than the silence of consent.

Dr. Idel Dreimer

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.

G.K. Chesterton

Pictures must not be too picturesque.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Behind unfinished art cries an unfinished artist.

Terri Guillemets

The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.

Paul Strand

Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.

Lincoln Steffens

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.

George Bernard Shaw

Sometimes for an artist the only difference between insanity and genius is success.

Edward Allen Bernero

A great artist is always before his time or behind it.

George Moore

If one looks closely enough, one can see angels in every piece of art.

Terri Guillemets

As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.

John Lubbock

Art doesn’t have to matter to a lot of people to matter a lot.

Jeb Dickerson

The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?

Pablo Picasso

Artistry is an innate distrust of the theory of reality concocted by the five senses.

Robert Brault

Art is an adventure that never seems to end.

Author Unknown

Painting is silent poetry.


Art is the colors and textures of your imagination.

Author Unknown

The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.

T.S. Eliot

What you often see in a lesser work of art is a subject captured perfectly and never set free.

Robert Brault

Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God’s grandchild.

Dante Alighieri

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

Twyla Tharp

The artist’s talent sits uneasy as an object of public acclaim, having been so long an object of private despair.

Robert Brault

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Oscar Wilde

Art… does not take kindly to facts, is helpless to grapple with theories, and is killed outright by a sermon.

Agnes Repplier

Art is spirituality in drag.

Jennifer Yane

I felt that these pictures had something to say to me that was very important for me to know, but I could not tell what it was…. They gave me an emotion that I could not analyse. They said something that words were powerless to utter. I fancy that Strickland saw vaguely some spiritual meaning in material things that was so strange that he could only suggest it with halting symbols. It was as though he found in the chaos of the universe a new pattern, and were attempting clumsily, with anguish of soul, to set it down. I saw a tormented spirit striving for the release of expression.

W. Somerset Maugham

God and other artists are always a little obscure.

Oscar Wilde

Doing art… anything creative, is just a spiritual thing to do. I almost feel like every comic strip I do is sort of a little prayer. And I really feel like the only thing real is love.

Patrick McDonnell

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

Stella Adler

It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet.

Kojiro Tomita

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.

W. Somerset Maugham

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

André Gide

Art is pictures straight from the heart.

Author Unknown

Every child is an artist, with imagination and the artistic instinct. Life stamps these out…

Percy Mackaye

But that’s what being an artist is — feeling crummy before everyone else feels crummy.

The New Yorker

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.

Pablo Picasso

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.

Edgar Degas

The artist is a receptacle for the 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

Let me ask you something, what is not art?

Author Unknown

I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.

Henri Matisse

Pretty much everything inspires me, and it doesn’t have to be art specifically, it can just be life — it can just be an experience you have walking down the street, and seeing an old man cross the street and how it makes you feel emotionally. Art is just very emotionally driven for me. I like any art that has soul.

Kim Saigh

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

Art is a shadow of what a person is thinking… a small glimpse of what they hold inside. Little secrets, regrets, joys… every line has its own meaning.

Author Unknown

Art is art, even when unsuccessful.

Danish Proverb

Science is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon eternal truths. Art is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon things beautiful and immortal and ever-changing. To morals belong the lower and less intellectual spheres.

Oscar Wilde

For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.

Georges Rouault

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

Pablo Picasso

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.

Henry Moore

Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.

G.K. Chesterton

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts — such is the duty of the artist.


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

John Ruskin

Only an artist with a part of God in him can see beauty in the commonplaces of life. The rest merely mark time until they die.

Martin H. Fischer

O, how much simpler things would be if eyes could paint or brush could see.

Robert Brault

Art hath an enemy called ignorance.

Ben Jonson

Art is the struggle to understand.

Terri Guillemets

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.

John Anthony Ciardi

Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.

Terri Guillemets

Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don’t like — then cultivate it. That’s the only part of your work that’s individual and worth keeping.

Jean Cocteau

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams

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


I want to reach that condensation of sensations that constitutes a picture.

Henri Matisse

What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.

Augustus Saint

There is something ghostly in all great art.

Lafcadio Hearn

If Michelangelo had been straight, the Sistine Chapel would have been wallpapered.

Robin Tyler

When painting, an artist must take care not to trap his soul in the canvas.

Terri Guillemets

The artist does not see things as they are, but as he is.

Alfred Tonnelle

Art holds fast when all else is lost.

German Proverb

We perceive, in fact, that the only matter upon which any worker, other than the artist, can congratulate himself, whether he be manual-worker, brain-worker, surgeon, judge, or politician, is that he is helping to make the world tolerable for the artist. It is only the artist who will leave anything behind him. He is the fighting-man, the man who counts; the others are merely the Army Service Corps of civilization.

A.A. Milne

Art is Man’s nature. Nature is god’s art.

James Bailey

Art is the triumph over chaos.

John Cheever

While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality… true art lies in a reality that is felt.

Odilon Redon

Art is your emotions flowing in a river of imagination.

Author Unknown

Colors are the deeds and sufferings of light.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Perfection in art, as often in life, is better captured by eraser than pencil.

Robert Brault

Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.

George Jean Nathan

Art is not a thing; it is a way.

Elbert Hubbard

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

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

Pablo Picasso

Great art picks up where nature ends.

Marc Chagall

The true painter strives to paint what can only be seen through his world.

André Malraux

Man will begin to recover the moment he takes art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money.

Ernst Levy

I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.

Claes Oldenburg

Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

The artist gazes upon a reality and creates his own impression. The viewer gazes upon the impression and creates his own reality.

Robert Brault

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

Pablo Picasso

An artist’s instinct is more refined than the typical mortal’s.

Terri Guillemets

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

Henry Ward Beecher

Art is… a question mark in the minds of those who want to know what’s happening.

Aaron Howard

Picasso would give up cubism just to capture your curves.

Konfal Blyther

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.

E.M. Forster

Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life.

Jean Paul Richter

Why should I paint dead fish, onions and beer glasses? Girls are so much prettier.

Marie Laurencin

As far as I am concerned, a painting speaks for itself. What is the use of giving explanations, when all is said and done? A painter has only one language.

Pablo Picasso

The first assumption of an art critic is that the artist meant to paint something else.

Robert Brault

Art is a kind of illness.

Giacomo Puccini

Sometimes, to pursue a new idea, the artist must forfeit his deposit on an old idea.

Robert Brault

Picasso is not our greatest painter, but he is our greatest artist. He’s the great satyr art figure. His whole life is a work of art.

Leonard Baskin

Reflexes and instincts are not pretty. It is their decoration that initiates art.

Martin H. Fischer

What art offers is space — a certain breathing room for the spirit.

John Updike

I’ll dip my brush into the sunrise, and the sunset, and the rainbow.

Rudolf Besier

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.

Isaac Bashevis Singer