QUOTES ABOUT ART
Giraffiti: Concrete art, spray-painted very, very high.
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a
yellow spot into the sun. -Pablo Picasso
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once
he grows up. -Pablo Picasso
Basically, collectors want nudes, so I have supplied for them nude
cars, nude telephones, nude electric plugs, nude switches, nude fans.
You know you've achieved perfection in design, not when you have
nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.
-Antoine de Saint Exupery
A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while
playing a violin. -Edmond de Goncourt
To play safe, I prefer to accept only one type of power: the power of
art over trash, the triumph of magic over the brute. -Vladimir Nabokov
It is better to be good than to be original. -Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which
ones to keep. -Scott Adams
I was going to have cosmetic surgery until I noticed that the doctor's
office was full of portraits by Picasso. -Rita Rudner
A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his
hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands
and his brain and his heart is an artist. -Louis Nizer
The food that you get in art museums is institutional revenge for
the art that you get in restaurants.
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
-Charles Horton Cooley
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
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
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
Time extracts various values from a painter's work. When these values
are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has
to give, the greater it is. -Henri Matisse
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
Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves
We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize
the truth. -Pablo Picasso
True artists are almost the only men who do their work for pleasure.
It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint
like a child. -Pablo Picasso
All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to
achieve it through not dying. -Woody Allen
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves
or by others. -Mark Twain
The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
If you can't get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
-Gilbert Keith Chesterton
An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss
horticulture. -Jean Cocteau
Every artist dips his brush in his own souls, and paints his own
nature into his pictures. -Henry Ward Beecher
In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can
imagine. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
Nature is a revelation of God; art a revelation of man.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes.
-Thomas Wentworth Higginson
We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda, it is a
form of truth. -John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Pay no attention to what critics say. No statue has ever been put up
to a critic. -Jean Sibelius
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing
without the work.
Don't ask me what I want to express with my pictures, ask yourself,
what they mean to you! -Michael Quack
Criticism is a queer thing. If I print, "She was stark naked" and then
proceed to describe her person in detail, what critic would not howl?
Who would venture to leave the book on a parlor table? But the artist
does this and all ages gather around and look and talk and point.
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 are or people might
think we're stupid. -Jules Feiffer
Normal is in the eye of the beholder. -Whoopi Goldberg
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't. -Mark Twain
Imitation is the most serious form of flattery.
Every great work of art is offensive to someone, for a work of art is
a protest against things as they are and a proclamation of things as
they ought to be. -Gerald W. Johnson
I went to the museum where they had all the heads and arms from the
statues that are in all the other museums. -Steven Wright
It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it's a
painting, and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody
click the shutter. -Ansel Adams
No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a
pocket full of unexposed film. -Robert Adams
Buying a Nikon doesn't make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon
You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus.
A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were
not in us, how would we ever recognize it? -Ernst Haas
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good
photographs. -Ansel Adams
There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the
viewer. -Ansel Adams
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the
world its own shame. -Oscar Wilde
Art is long, life short; judgement difficult, opportunity transient.
It's only words... unless they're true. -David Mamet
If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular
error. -John Kenneth Galbraith
Originality is something that is easily exaggerated, especially by
authors contemplating their own work. -John Kenneth Galbraith
When you risk becoming an artist, you risk taking your talent
seriously. -Dee Ito
Censorship always defeats it own purpose, for it creates in the end
the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.
-Henry Steele Commager
I am a deeply superficial person. -Andy Warhol
Art is work, to sell it is art.
The real act of discovery is not in finding new lands, but in seeing
with new eyes. -Marcel Proust
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have
one. -Stella Adler
Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
-G. K. Chesterton
You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering
for anyone. -John Ciardi
The fact that no one understands you doesn't mean that you're an
I like to think that a good painting (or a good poem or a good book,
or any good thing) can be measured by how much, after experiencing it
for a while, you start to forget that it was made about someone other
than you. -Andrew Hershey
In feature films the directory is God; in documentary films God is the
director. -Alfred Hitchcock
I hate flowers. I only paint them because they're cheaper than models
and they don't move. -Georgia O'Keefe
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry
it with us or we find it not. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some with you.
In his lifetime van Gogh painted 486 paintings. Oddly enough, 8975 of
them are to be found in the United States. -Werner Lansburgh
There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there
are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence,
transform a yellow spot into the sun. -Pablo Picasso
The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.
-Henry S. Haskins
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it
you can. -Danny Kaye
Q. How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?
My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier, you'll be a general;
if you become a monk, you'll end up as the pope." Instead, I became a
painter, and wound up Picasso. -Pablo Picasso
Great art is an instant arrested in eternity. -Huneker
The writer must be willing, above everything else, to take chances, to
risk making a fool of himself - or even to risk revealing the fact he
is a fool. -Jessamyn West
Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind.