Art Quotes

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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

Art is a technique of communication. The image is the most complete technique of all communication.

— Claes Oldenburg

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

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.

— Charles Horton Cooley

An artist . . . must be unprejudiced toward, or unaffected by, the actual nature of what he is observing. He sees, without self-conscious effort, beauty where superficial minds see only ugliness.

— Charles Burchfield

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

— Cecil Beaton

The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.

— Carl Rogers

You’ve gotta be original, because if you’re like someone else, what do they need you for?

— Bernadette Peters

I believe that if it were left to artists to choose their own labels, most would choose none.

— Ben Shahn

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

What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.

— Augustus Saint-Gaudens

It isn’t enough to have the eyes of a gazelle, you also need the claws of a cat in order to capture your bird alive and play with it before you eat it and join its life to yours. That is the mystery of painting.

— Augustus Edwin John

True artists are almost the only men who do their work with pleasure.

— Auguste Rodin

To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.

— Auguste Rodin

Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about. He’s not interested in how things look different in moonlight.

— Auguste Rodin

I invent nothing, I rediscover.

— Auguste Rodin

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need.

— Auguste Rodin

Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

— Aristotle

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

— Ansel Adams

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.

— Ansel Adams

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I have not a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.

— Erma Bombeck

Art is not living. It is a use of living. The artist has the ability to take that living and use it in a certain way, and produce art.

— Audre Lorde

We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it’s all about.

— Joseph Campbell

I learned… that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.

— Brenda Ueland

When you lose simplicity, you lose drama.

— Andrew Wyeth

You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you can have, the better it is – unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far.

— Alice Neel

The purpose of art is not a rarefied, intellectual distillate – it is life, intensified, brilliant life.

— Alain Arias-Mission

Every good painter paints what he is.

— Jackson Pollock

Appreciate me now and avoid the rush.

— Ashleigh Brilliant
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