Brilliant Quotes About Art From Famous Artists

Seated Woman (Marie-Therese),1937 by Picasso

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Pablo Picasso

archeological reminiscence of millet’s angelus
“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” –Salvador Dali
Henry Moore_PLASTERS

“To be an artist is to believe in life.” –Henry Moore


Marc Chagall_(1887-1985) | L’écuyère
“Great art picks up where nature ends.” – Marc Chagall
“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works: if from the head, almost nothing.” ~ Marc Chagall


gustav klimt la espera (detail)
“Art is a line around your thoughts.” ~Gustav Klim


The Two Fridas, 1939 by Frida Kahlo
 “I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” – Frida Kahlo


Western Motel, 1957_Edward Hopper
“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper
wheat field- Vincent van Gogh
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
Vincent Van Gogh


Rene Magritte – The Son of Man
“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.”_René Magritte
Dancer, Joan Miro
“The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.” –Joan Miró


Georges Braque Tutt'Art@ (109).jpgGeorges Braque
To explain away the mystery of a great painting – if such a feat were possible – would do irreparable harm… If there is no mystery, then there is no poetry, the quality I value above all else in art.~Georges Braque


Separation, Edvard Munch
“Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye… it also includes the inner pictures of the soul” _Edvard Munch
Eternal spring, Auguste Rodin
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” ~Auguste Rodin


The Star, 1878 by Edgar Degas
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~Edgar Degas
“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” –Edgar Degas
egon schiele two women
“Art cannot be modern. Art is primordially eternal. Egon Schiele
Jack-in-the-Pulpit_Georgia O’Keeffe
“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing–and keeping the unknown always beyond you.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe


pink-nude Pink Nude, 1935 by Henri Matisse 
You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover. ~Henri Matisse
george-inness-in-the-berkshires-1850George Inness, Autumn Oaks
“The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist’s own spiritual nature.” ~ George Inness
woman with umbrella_Claude Monet
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” ~Claude Monet
“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.” – Claude Monet
0219febffb8d596b92f45a2fa64f3c16.jpg  emily carr paintings of trees_Emily Carr
Look at the earth crowded with growth, new and old bursting from their strong roots hidden in the silent, live ground, each seed according to its own kind… each one knowing what to do, each one demanding its own rights on the earth… So, artist, you too from the deeps of your soul… let your roots creep forth, gaining strength.~Emily Carr
Movement, 1935_Wassily Kandinsky,
“Generally speaking, color directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposively, to cause vibrations in the soul.” ~ Wassily Kandinsky


ermineLady with an Ermine 1483-90_ Leonardo da Vinci
“You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself.” ~Leonardo da Vinci
“I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” ― Leonardo da Vinci
Combat du giaour et du pacha_Eugene Delacroix
What moves those of genius, what inspires their work is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.”~Eugène Victor Ferdinand Delacroix
the-seed-of-the-areoi-1892 The seed of the areoi 1892 – by Paul Gauguin
“I shut my eyes in order to see” ~Paul Gauguin

 Les Oiseaux_bernard buffet
Painting… we do not talk about it, we do not analyse it, we feel it.~Bernard Buffet
Nocturne in Black and Gold:James McNeill Whistler
“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.”~James McNeill Whistler

The Dream (1910)_Henri Rousseau

“Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.”  ~ Henri

 “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” ~Francis Bacon


Roy Lichtenstein
Pop Art looks out into the world. It doesn’t look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself. ”- Roy Lichtenstein


bagdad_Gerhard Richter
“Art is not a substitute religion: it is a religion (in the true sense of the word: ‘binding back’, ‘binding’ to the unknowable, transcending reason, transcendent being). But the church is no longer adequate as a means of affording experience of the transcendental, and of making religion real – and so art has been transformed from a means into the sole provider of religion: which means religion itself.”_Gerhard Richter Notes, 1964-65

 Brilliant Quotes About Art From Famous Artists








7 thoughts on “Brilliant Quotes About Art From Famous Artists

  1. One of my favorite quotes about art (writing?), French playwright? Can’t remember his name right now. “The immature artist imitates, the mature artist steals.” I like to think of it as an outgrowth of the light of other peoples minds.

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    1. It’s strange, it’s also one of my favorites!
      It is almost the same thing.
      “Good artists copy, great artists steal”. Pablo Picasso
      People who are so distant and who do not know each other, have affinities!
      _ This is our inner and spiritual nature which unites humans: their thoughts are joined together as the thread of a gigantic spider web that would be the central point between space, time and emotions.


Artists deserve respect. Even if it bothers you and you don't like their work; refrain from negative opinions, non-constructive remarks. Opt for an objective analysis of the work as well as a good understanding of the author's intentions..Thx

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