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'Art' is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers. What we call art is a game.
- Octavio Paz
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A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
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A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
- George Moore
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A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
- Michelangelo
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A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.
- Edmond de Goncourt
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A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
- Diane Arbus
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A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I've been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light.
- Henri Matisse
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A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment.
- Beverly Sills
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A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
- Henry Moore
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A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
- Oscar Wilde
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A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein
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Above all keep your colours fresh!
- Edouard Manet
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Abstract art? A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
- Al Capp
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All art is a revolt against man's fate.
- Andre Malraux
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All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
- Federico Fellini
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All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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All autobiography is self-indulgent.
- Daphne du Maurier
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All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.
- Marc Chagall
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All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
- Oscar Wilde
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Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.
- Leonardo da Vinci
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An art book is a museum without walls.
- Andre Malraux
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An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
- Charles Horton Cooley
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An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
- George Santayana
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An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.
- Joseph Conrad
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An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
- Edgard Varese
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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
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An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.
- Paul Valery
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An artist's sphere of influence is the world.
- Carl Maria von Weber
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And really the purpose of art—for me, fiction—is to alert, to indicate to stop, to say: Make certain that when you rush through you will not miss the moment which you might have had, or might still have.
- Jerzy Kosinski
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Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it.
- Samuel Butler
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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
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Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.
- Joseph Conrad
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Anything is art if the artist says it is.
- Marcel Duchamp
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Art and ideology often interact on each other; but the plain fact is that both spring from a common source. Both draw on human experience to explain mankind to itself; both attempt, in very different ways, to assemble coherence . . .
- Kenneth Tynan
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Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
- Andre Gide
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Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
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Art doesn't come in measured quantities: it's got to be too much or it's not enough.
- Pauline Kael
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Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
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Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
- Andre Gide
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Art is a form of catharsis.
- Dorothy Parker
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Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb.
- Jean Arp
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Art is a jealous mistress, and if a man has a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments. An artist recreates those aspects of reality which represent his fundamental view of man's nature.
- Marcel Proust
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Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
- Kahlil Gibran
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Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more human world.
- André Maurois
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Art is anything you can get away with.
- Terence Trent D'Arby
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Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.
- Cicero
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Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
- Paul Gauguin
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Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn.
- John Updike
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Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
- Frank Zappa
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Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
- Henry Kissinger
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Art is not a thing; it is a way.
- Elbert Hubbard
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Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.
- Elizabeth Bowen
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Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
- Kenneth Tynan
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Art is skill, that is the first meaning of the word.
- Eric Gill
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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
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Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste. It's what everything else isn't.
- Theodore Roethke
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Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
- Oscar Wilde
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Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
- Twyla Tharp
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Art is the signature of civilizations.
- Beverly Sills
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Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.
- Theodore Dreiser
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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
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Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
- Pablo Picasso
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Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
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Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman.
- Guillaume Apollinaire
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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
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Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
- Eugene Delacroix
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As long as art is the beauty parlor of civilization, neither art nor civilization is secure.
- John Dewey
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Bad artists always admire each other's work.
- Oscar Wilde
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Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
- Jean Rostand
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Certainly no style seems at first glance to provide a richer field for the investigations of Herr Freud. (on Art Deco)
- Osbert Lancaster
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Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
- Henri Matisse
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Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
- Salvador Dali
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Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
- C. S. Lewis
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Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
- Henry Ward Beecher
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Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis
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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
- Pablo Picasso
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Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
- Oscar Wilde
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Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul.
- Louis Kahn
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Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.
- Charles Baudelaire
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Fashion is a potency in art, making it hard to judge between the temporary and the lasting.
- E. C. Stedman
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Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
- John Ruskin
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Fortunately art is a community effort --a small but select community living in a spiritualized world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh.
- Allen Ginsberg
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Give me a museum and I'll fill it.
- Pablo Picasso
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Good art is in the wallet of the beholder.
- Kathy Lette
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Great art is the expression of a solution of the conflict between the demands of the world without and that within.
- Edith Hamilton
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Great art picks up where nature ends.
- Marc Chagall
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How do you explain what it feels like to get on the stage and make poetry that you know sinks into the hearts and souls of people who are unable to express it?
- Nina Simone
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I adore the theater and I am a painter. I think the two are made for a marriage of love. I will give all my soul to prove this once more.
- Marc Chagall
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I always said God was against art and I still believe it.
- Edward Elgar
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I am an artist... I am here to live out loud.
- Emile Zola
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I am not an artist and never have been. Rather I am like a craftsman and feel very close to the mediaeval artisans who produced their work anonymously and who, along with their apprentices, had a true feeling for the physical materials they were working with.
- Werner Herzog
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I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot.
- Steve Martin
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I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.
- Auguste Rodin
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I cry out for order and find it only in art.
- Helen Hayes
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I didn't have any interest in traditional art.
- Cindy Sherman
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I dislike a picture that is too suave or too skilfully done. But, contrariwise, I also dislike a picture that looks too inept or blundering.
- Robert Motherwell
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I don't know what to do with my arms. It just makes me feel weird and I feel like people are looking at me and that makes me nervous.
- Tyra Banks
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I don't need the money, dear. I work for art.
- Maria Callas
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I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
- Henri Matisse
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I don't very much enjoy looking at paintings in general. I know too much about them. I take them apart.
- Georgia O'Keeffe
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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
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I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have the light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
- Henri Matisse
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I have been no more than a medium, as it were.
- Henri Matisse
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I have made my world and it is a much better world than I ever saw outside.
- Louise Nevelson
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I invent nothing, I rediscover.
- Auguste Rodin
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I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
- Roy Lichtenstein
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I paint with shapes.
- Alexander Calder
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I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.
- Vincent Van Gogh
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I say that good painters imitated nature; but that bad ones vomited it.
- Miguel de Cervantes
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I think too many people look at the arts with a religious outlook. Arts, music, singing and performing, it's all make-believe.
- Vince Vaughn
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I would no more quarrel with a man because of his religion than I would because of his art.
- Mary Baker Eddy
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I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
- Andy Warhol
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I've been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.
- Pierre Auguste Renoir
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I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.
- Barbra Streisand
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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
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If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed.
- David Hockney
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If you cannot learn to love real art; at least learn to hate sham art and reject it . . . because these are but the outward symbols of the poison that lies within them.
- William Morris
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If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.
- Edward Hopper
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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
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If you pick up some paint with your brush and make somebody's nose with it, this is rather ridiculous when you think of it, theoretically or philosophically. It's really absurd to make an image, like a human image, with paint, today.
- Willem de Kooning
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Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
- Henri Matisse
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In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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
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In Chicago, we may not think the Picasso presiding over the Richard J. Daley Center plaza is art, but we know it's a big Picasso and it's the city's Picasso, and when the Cubs made the play-offs, the sculpture wore a baseball cap just like everything else.
- Pat Colander
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In my opinion, everything, every shape, every bit of natural form, animals, people, pebbles, shells, anything you like are all things that can help you to make a sculpture.
- Henry Moore
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Inside you there's an artist you don't know about. He's not interested in how things look different in moonlight.
- Auguste Rodin
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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
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It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color - not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse
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It was in the 1920s, when nobody had time to reflect, that I saw a still-life painting with a flower that was perfectly exquisite, but so small you really could not appreciate it.
- Georgia O'Keeffe
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Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
- Stella Adler
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Look, it's my misery that I have to paint this kind of painting, it's your misery that you have to love it, and the price of the misery is thirteen hundred and fifty dollars.
- Mark Rothko
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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 K. Chesterton
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Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi
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My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature.
- Edward Hopper
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My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I will draw as much as I can for as many people as I can for as long as I can. Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.
- Keith Haring
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My eyes were made to erase all that is ugly.
- Raoul Dufy
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My mother said to me, "If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope." Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
- Pablo Picasso
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Nature is a revelation of God; Art a revelation of man.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Never judge a work of art by its defects.
- Washington Allston
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No art that is not in the end understood by the People can live or ever did live a single generation.
- Frank Norris
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No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it facinating.
- Harold Rosenberg
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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
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No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
- Ansel Adams
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No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.
- Antonin Artaud
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Nothing is so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.
- George Santayana
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Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
- Gustave Flaubert
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One eye sees, the other feels.
- Paul Klee
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One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood. The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide.
- Charles Horton Cooley
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Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life.
- Novalis
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Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
- Salvador Dali
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Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
- Edgar Degas
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Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
- Pablo Picasso
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Painting is saying 'Ta' to God.
- Stanley Spencer
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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
- Plutarch
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Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.
- Rembrandt
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Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.
- Ambrose Bierce
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People who see a drawing in the "New Yorker" will think automatically that it's funny because it is a cartoon. If they see it in a museum, they think it is artistic; and if they find it in a fortune cookie they think it is a prediction.
- Saul Steinberg
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Perpetual modernness is the measure of merit in every work of art.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.
- William Wordsworth
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Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.
- Salvador Dali
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Religion is the everlasting dialogue between humanity and God. Art is its soliloquy.
- Franz Werfel
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Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt
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Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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So-called art restoration is at least as tricky as brain surgery. Most pictures expire under scalpel and sponge.
- Alexander Eliot
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Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
- Pablo Picasso
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Sun-bleached bones were most wonderful against the blue - that blue that will always be there as it is now after all man's destruction is finished.
- Georgia O'Keeffe
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Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truth, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned.
- William Butler Yeats
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Supreme serenity still remains the Ideal of great Art. The shapes and transitory forms of life are but stages toward this Ideal, which Christ's religion illuminates with His divine light.
- Franz Liszt
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Take me! I am the hallucinogenic!
- Salvador Dali
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The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
- Aristotle
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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
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The art of a people is a true mirror of their minds.
- Jawaharlal Nehru
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The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
- Novalis
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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
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The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist.
- Eric Gill
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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
- Emile Zola
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The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist.
- Henry Mille
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The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
- Agnes De Mille
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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
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The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
- Eugene Delacroix
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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
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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
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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
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The course of Nature is the art of God.
- Edward Young
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The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
- Max Eastman
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The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.
- Marc Chagall
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The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
- Dale Carnegie
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The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
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The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin
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The immature artist imitates. Mature artists steal.
- Lionel Trilling
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The landscapist lives in silence.
- Henri Rousseau
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The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist.
- David Hockney
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The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.
- Ellen Key
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The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.
- Hilton Kramer
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The most profound things are inexpressible.
- Jenny Holzer
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The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.
- Robert Henri
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The only difference between me and the Surrealists is that I am a Surrealist.
- Salvador Dalí
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The people who make art their business are mostly imposters.
- Pablo Picasso
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The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines - so they should go as far as possible from home to build their first buildings.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
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The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.
- Piet Mondrian
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The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
- Pablo Picasso
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The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one's obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.
- John Updike
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The role of art is to make a world which can be inhabited.
- William Saroyan
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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
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The subject itself is of no account; what matters is the way it is presented.
- Raoul Dufy
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The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
- Michelangelo
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The way is long if one follows precepts, but short... if one follows patterns.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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The work of art may have a moral effect, but to demand moral purpose from the artist is to make him ruin his work.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman.
- Emile Zola
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There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.
- Paul Gauguin
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There is no such thing as modern art. There is art--and there is advertising.
- Albert Sterner
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There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept.
- Ansel Adams
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There is only one absinthe drinker, and that's the man who painted this idiotic picture. (on Manet's "Absinthe Drinker")
- Thomas Couture
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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
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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
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To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.
- Alexander Calder
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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
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To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.
- Thomas A. Edison
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To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
- Robert Schumann
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Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.
- Michelangelo
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True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
- Albert Einstein
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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
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Under a blazing mid-afternoon summer sky, we see the Seine flooded with sunshine . . . people are strolling, others are sitting or stretched out lazily on the bluish grass.
- Georges-Pierre Seurat
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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
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We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
- Pablo Picasso
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We are the two great painters of this era; you are in the Egyptian style, I in the modern style. (to Pablo Picasso)
- Henri Rousseau
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We have art to save ourselves from the truth.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
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We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda, it is a form of truth.
- John F. Kennedy
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What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.
- Edgar Degas
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What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
- John Updike
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What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.
- Augustus Saint-Gaudens
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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
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What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.
- Edward Hopper
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What makes men of genius, or rather, what they make, is not new ideas, it is that idea - possessing them - that what has been said has still not been said enough.
- Eugene Delacroix
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What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.
- W. H. Auden
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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
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When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it - a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand - as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's a clash between the two, it's bad art.
- Marc Chagall
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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
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While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality... true art lies in a reality that is felt.
- Odilon Redon
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Why not say it? I'm bursting out of my cocoon. It was all too nice in the past - it never knocked anyone out. But last year... my first opening night at the Met - I looked out and heard all that cheering... for me... And I loved it.
- Benita Valente
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Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
- George Bernard Shaw
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Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
- Albert Camus
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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 Art's sake.
- E. M. Forster
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You know... that a blank wall is an apalling thing to look at. The wall of a museum - a canvas - a piece of film - or a guy sitting in front of a typewriter. Then, you start out to do something - that vague thing called creation. The beginning strikes awe within you.
- Edward Steichen
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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
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