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Art happens - no hovel is safe from it no prince may depend upon it the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler Category: Art
The Paleolithic hunters who painted the unsurpassed animal murals on the ceiling of the cave at Altamira had only rudimentary tools. Art is older than production for use and play older than work. Man was shaped less by what he had to do than by what he did in playful moments. It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities.
Eric Hoffer Category: Art
If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh Category: Art
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 Category: Art
If people knew how hard I have had to work to gain my mastery it wouldnt seem wonderful at all.
Michelangelo Buonarroti Category: Art
Painting n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.
Ambrose Bierce Category: Art
He is the greatest artist who has embodied in the sum of his works the greatest number of the greatest ideas.
John Ruskin Category: Art
Art is an attempt to integrate evil.
Simone de Beauvoir Category: Art
A fine artist is one who makes familiar things new and new things familiar.
Louis Nizer Category: Art
PAINTING n. The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce Category: Art
A story is told that Whistler once painted a tiny picture of a spray of roses. The artistry involved in the picture was magnificent. Never before it seemed had the art of man been able to execute quite so deftly a reproduction of the art of nature. The picture was the envy of the artists who saw it the despair of the collectors who yearned to buy it. But Whistler refused steadfastly to sell it. For he said whenever I feel that my hand has lost its cunning whenever I doubt my ability I look at the little picture of the spray of roses and say to myself 'Whistler you painted that. Your hand drew it. Your imagination conceived the colors. Your skill put the roses on the canvas.' Then said he I know that what I have done I can do again
Sterling W. Sill Category: Art
The True Artist has the planet for his pedestal; the adventurer after years of strife has nothing broader than his shoes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Category: Art
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 H. Maslow Category: Art
The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
Dale Carnegie Category: Art
Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers and never succeeding.
Marc Chagall Category: Art
By the time the child can draw more that scribble by the age of four or five years an already well-formed body of conceptual knowledge formulated in language dominates his memory and controls his graphic work. Drawings are graphic accounts of essentially verbal processes. As an essentially verbal education gains control the child abandons his graphic efforts and relies almost entirely on words. Language has first spoilt drawing and then swallowed it up completely.
Karl Buhler Category: Art
Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.
Leonardo da Vinci Category: Art
So-called art restoration is at least as tricky as brain surgery. Most pictures expire under scalpel and sponge.
Alexander Eliot Category: Art
Every mans work whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else is always a portrait of himself.
Samuel Butler the Younger Category: Art
For the mystic what is how. For the craftsman how is what. For the artist what and how are one.
William McElcheran Category: Art
The artist belongs to his work not the work to the artist.
Novalis Category: Art
The artists 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 Category: Art
The most awkward means are adequate to the communication of authentic experience and the finest words no compensation for lack of it. It is for this reason that we are moved by the true Primitives and that the most accomplished art craftsmanship leaves us cold.
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Category: Art
Nature is the art of God.
Dante Alighieri Category: Art
The artist should be a seeing-eye dog for a myopic civilization.
Jacob Getlar Smith Category: Art
I don't believe in art. I believe in artists.
Marcel Duchamp Category: Art
Any great work of art ... revives and readapts time and space and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange special air.
Leonard Bernstein Category: Art
The art of love... is largely the art of persistence.
Albert Ellis Category: Art
Art is long life is short. Ars longa vita brevis
Hippocrates Category: Art
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Berthold Auerbach Category: Art
Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.
Arthur Schopenhauer Category: Art
Im not a driven businessman but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.
Lord Acton Category: Art
When Michelangelo finished the painting of the Sistine Chapels ceiling he spent the rest of his life trying to remove the paint that had poured into his sleeve.
Francois Cavanna Category: Art
Art can only be truly Art by presenting an adequate outward symbol of some fact in the interior life.
Margaret Sarah Fuller Category: Art
Without freedom no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself and dies of all others.
Albert Camus Category: Art
Art is the proper task of life.
Friedrich Nietzsche Category: Art
An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them.
Andy Warhol Category: Art
I don't mind being miserable as long as Im painting well.
Grace Hartigan Category: Art
Portraits are supposed to look within but in my opinion very few people have an interior significantly different from the outside portrait.
Jon Witcomb Category: Art
When artwork is involved its almost assumed that its going to travel. Its too hot to stay here.
Gregory Miller Category: Art
If people knew how hard I have to work to gain my mastery it wouldnt seem wonderful at all.
Michelangelo Category: Art
Art imitates Nature and necessity is the mother of invention.
Richard Franck Category: Art
The great artist is the simplifier.
Henri Frederic Amiel Category: Art
That is what the title of artist means: one who perceives more than his fellows and who records more than he has seen.
Edward Gordon Craig Category: Art
But the Devil whoops as he whooped of old: It's clever but is it Art?
Rudyard Kipling Category: Art
I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject rather does the subject grow to look like his portrait.
Salvador Dali Category: Art
Sun-bleached bones were most wonderful against the blue - that blue that will always be there as it is now after all mans destruction is finished.
No great advance has ever been made in science politics or religion without controversy.
Lyman Beecher Category: Art
Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being the former has made us men.
Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller Category: Art
It is the spectator and not life that art really mirrors.
Oscar Wilde Category: Art
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist and the less the artist does the better.
Andre Gide Category: Art
A painting is never finishedit simply stops in interesting places.
Paul Gardner Category: Art
Art is either a plagiarist or a revolutionary.
Paul Gaugin Category: Art
The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.
Cyril Connolly Category: Art
Nothing is so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.
George Santayana Category: Art
What garlic is to salad insanity is to art.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens Category: Art
A work of art has an author and yet when it is perfect it has something which is anonymous about it.
Simone Weil Category: Art
Are you really sure that a floor cant also be a ceiling?
M. C. Escher Category: Art
Painting is possessed of a divine power for not only ... does it make the absent present but it also after many centuries makes the dead almost alive so that they are recognized with great admiration ...
Leon Battista Alberti Category: Art
I thank God for my handicaps for through them I have found myself my work and my God.
Helen Adams Keller Category: Art
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
Francis Bacon Category: Art
Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
Margot Fonteyn Category: Art
In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas Category: Art
True ease in writing comes from art not chance As those move easiest who have learnd to dance. T is not enough no harshness gives offence The sound must seem an echo to the sense.
Alexander Pope Category: Art
Art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass.
Walter Pater Category: Art
The studio a room to which the artist consigns himself for life is naturally important not only as workplace but as a source of inspiration. And it usually manages one way or another to turn up in his product.
Grace Glueck Category: Art
I passionately hate the idea of being with it I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Orson Welles Category: Art
Above all we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish when it cannot freely select its methods and objects when it is deprived of spontaneity then society severs the root of art.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Category: Art
Actually my artistic knowledge is so tiny it could fit into the brain of an art critic.
Michael Kilian Category: Art
Without tradition art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation it is a corpse.
Sir Winston Churchill Category: Art
I paint with shapes.
Alexander Calder Category: Art
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
Stella Adler Category: Art
The artist is nothing without the gift but the gift is nothing without work.
Emile Zola Category: Art
I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.
Francois-Auguste Rodin Category: Art
When I judge art I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes it is not art.
Paul Cezanne Category: Art
The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
Max Eastman Category: Art
The course of Nature is the art of God.
Edward Young Category: Art
Art is more godlike than science. Science discovers; art creates.
John Opie Category: Art
The refusal to rest content the willingness to risk excess on behalf of ones obsessions is what distinguishes artists from entertainers and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.
John Updike Category: Art
The buttocks are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the body because they are non-functional. Although they conceal an essential orifice these pointless globes are as near as the human form can ever come to abstract art.
Kenneth Tynan Category: Art
Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.
William Wordsworth Category: Art
I don't need the money dear. I work for art.
Maria Callas Category: Art
The people I am afraid of are the ones who look for tendentiousness between the lines and are determined to see me as either liberal or conservative. I am neither liberal nor conservative nor gradualist nor monk nor indifferentist. I would like to be a free artist and nothing else and I regret God has not given me the strength to be one.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Category: Art
True art selects and paraphrases but seldom gives a verbatim translation.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich Category: Art
The artist has one function-to affirm and glorify life.
W. Edward Brown Category: Art
The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty you know youre an artist.
David Hockney Category: Art
God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe the elephant and the ant. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.
Pablo Picasso Category: Art
Painting is easy when you don't know how but very difficult when you do.
Edgar Degas Category: Art
Abstract art is a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
Alfred Gerald Al Capp Category: Art
The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.
Jawaharlal Nehru Category: Art
To send light into the darkness of mens hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
Robert Schumann Category: Art
Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.
George Jean Nathan Category: Art
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher Category: Art
Fine art and pizza delivery: what we do falls neatly in between.
David Letterman Category: Art
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
Charles Horton Cooley Category: Art
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 Category: Art
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance.
Aristotle Category: Art
That which is static and repetitive is boring. That which is dynamic and random is confusing. In between lies art.
John Locke Category: Art
What is art? It is not just nature it is nurtured nature. It is intelligence applied to what physical ability you have.
Rudolph Hametovich Nureyev Category: Art
Of all lies art is the least untrue.
Gustave Flaubert Category: Art
Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.
Elizabeth Bowen Category: Art
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe Category: Art
Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning restless urge to write or paint simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.
Fran Lebowitz Category: Art
The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.
James Baldwin Category: Art
I didnt have any interest in traditional art.
Cindy Sherman Category: Art
Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener.
Arnold Schoenberg Category: Art
Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
Francis Vincent Frank Zappa Jr. Category: Art
This is the river of the great 19th-century landscapists; of Cole Cropsey and Church and at the end of the summer it lies motionless under the haze as under a light coat of varnish.
Judith Thurman Category: Art
The true artist will let his wife starve his children go barefoot his mother drudge for his living as seventy sooner than work at anything but his art.
George Bernard Shaw Category: Art
Colors that blend with the brick and the dark waters of the citys canals - greens browns and the strong shade of oxblood that is known as Bruges red.
Vicky Elliott Category: Art
Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
Kahlil Gibran Category: Art
The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of elimination.
Elbert Hubbard Category: Art
The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of arts audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.
Paul Gauguin Category: Art
Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
John Singer Sargent Category: Art
Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.
Will Durant Category: Art
Inside you theres an artist you don't know about. Hes not interested in how things look different in moonlight.
Auguste Rodin Category: Art
All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oysters autobiography.
Federico Fellini Category: Art
Art like morality consists in drawing a line somewhere.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton Category: Art
Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.
Anthony Burgess Category: Art
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
Unknown Category: Art
Art to me was a state: it didnt need to be an accomplishment.
Margaret C. Anderson Category: Art
Art is a mans nature; nature is Gods art.
Bailey Category: Art
Art is the objectification of feeling and the subjectification of nature.
Suzanne Langer Category: Art
Art is frozen Zen
Reginald Horace Blyth Category: Art
Art hath an enemy called Ignorance.
Ben Jonson Category: Art
The painter should not paint what he sees but what will be seen.
Paul Klee Category: Art
The more horrifying this world becomes the more art becomes abstract.
Ellen Key Category: Art
Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.
Frank Lloyd Wright Category: Art
I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
Claude Monet Category: Art
Sadistic excess attempts to reach roughly and by harshness what art reaches by fineness.
Percy Wynham Lewis Category: Art
The Science of Government it is my duty to study more than all other Sciences: the Art of Legislation and Administration and Negotiation ought to take place indeed to exclude in a manner all other Arts.I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematics and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematics and Philosophy Geography natural History Naval Architecture navigation Commerce and Agriculture in order to give their Children a right to study Painting Poetry Musick Architecture Statuary Tapestry and Porcelaine. This letter has not been dated precisely but appears to have been written after Adamss letter to his wife on May 12 and before one written to her on May 15.
John Adams Category: Art
What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away too strong to stop too sweet to lose.
Willa Cather Category: Art
When my daughter was about seven years old she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me incredulous and said You mean they forget?
Howard Ikemoto Category: Art
If you practice an art be proud of it and make it proud of you. It may break your heart but it will fill your heart before it breaks it; it will make you a person in your own right.
Maxwell Anderson Category: Art
Good art is not what it looks like but what it does to us.
Roy Adzak Category: Art
Great artists need great clients.
I. M. Pei Category: Art
The finest works of art are precious among other reasons because they make it possible for us to know if only imperfectly and for a little while what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.
Aldous Huxley Category: Art
Why should I paint dead fish onions and beer glasses? Girls are so much prettier.
Marie Laurencin Category: Art
A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
George Moore Category: Art
Art my slats! I can paint with a shoestring dipped in lard!
George Luks Category: Art
What I dream of is an art of balance of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter - a soothing calming influence on the mind rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
Henri Matisse Category: Art
All profoundly original work looks ugly at first.
Clement Greenberg Category: Art
Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.
Lionel Trilling Category: Art
The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual the opposite of the reformer the opposite of the idealist.
Henry Mille Category: Art
Sir Joshua would have been glad to take her portrait; and he would have had an easier task than the historian at least in this that he would not have had to represent the truth of change only to give stability to one beautiful moment.
George Eliot Category: Art
Twentieth-century art may start with nothing but it flourishes by virtue of its belief in itself in the possibility of control over what seems essentially uncontrollable in the coherence of the inchoate and in its ability to create its own values.
T. S. Eliot Category: Art
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 Category: Art
Art is running away without ever leaving home.
Twyla Tharp Category: Art
Science and art belong to the whole world and the barriers of nationality vanish before them.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Category: Art
Art is the stored honey of the human soul gathered on wings of misery and travail.
Theodore Dreiser Category: Art
The great artists of the world are never Puritans and seldom even ordinarily respectable.
Henry Louis Mencken Category: Art
And since geometry is the right foundation of all painting I have decided to teach its rudiments and principles to all youngsters eager for art...
Albrecht Dürer Category: Art
Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning.
Jacques Barzun Category: Art
For Art is Nature made by man To Man the interpreter of God.
Owen Meredith Category: Art
In a purely technical sense each species of higher organism is richer in information than a Caravaggio painting Bach fugue or any other great work of art.
Edward O. Wilson Category: Art
Art is... a question mark in the minds of those who want to know whats happening.
Aaron Howard Category: Art
I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
Roy Lichtenstein Category: Art
Every artist writes his own autobiography.
Henry Havelock Ellis Category: Art
All art is but imitation of nature.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Category: Art
Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
General Dwight David Eisenhower Category: Art
Works of art in my opinion are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order and that is why though I don't believe that only art matters I do believe in Art for Arts sake.
Edward Morgan E. M. Forster Category: Art
I cry out for order and find it only in art.
Helen Hayes Category: Art
Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes where we face it as free beings admiring asking and observing there we enter the realm of Art and Science.
Albert Einstein Category: Art
Strong and convincing art has never arisen from theories.
Mary Wigman Category: Art
Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.
Marcel Proust Category: Art
Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda and entertainment without moral passion is television.
Rita Mae Brown Category: Art
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 Category: Art
Every other artist begins with a blank canvas a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
Edward Steichen Category: Art
A painter should not paint what he sees but what will be seen.
Paul Valery Category: Art
In Chicago we may not think the Picasso presiding over the Richard J. Daley Center plaza is art but we know its a big Picasso and its the citys Picasso and when the Cubs made the play-offs the sculpture wore a baseball cap just like everything else.
Pat Colander Category: Art
What is art? Nature concentrated.
Honore de Balzac Category: Art
I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.
Claes Oldenburg Category: Art
Art is an invention of aesthetics which in turn is an invention of philosophers... What we call art is a game.
Octavio Paz Category: Art
All art requires courage.
Anne Tucker Category: Art
For me painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night a strangled laugh.
Georges Rouault Category: Art
The more minimal the art the more maximum the explanation.
Hilton Kramer Category: Art
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.
François Auguste Rene Rodin Category: Art
If I had been around when Rubens was painting I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well she would have been the paintbrush.
Dawn French Category: Art
When one buys some of my artwork I hope it is because they will wish to learn from it and not because they think it will match their drapes!
Christian Cardell Corbet Category: Art
A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.
Edmond De Goncourt Category: Art
If I hadnt started painting I would have raised chickens.
Grandma Moses Category: Art
Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.
Marshall McLuhan Category: Art
Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
John Ciardi Category: Art