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|Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life,
but from each other.
The Decay of Living.
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.
In our life there is a single color, as on an artist`s palette,
which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color
In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the
In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.
In the upper and the lower churches of St. Francis, Giotto and
Cimabue showed that art had once worshipped something other
Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?
It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable
color to every object; beware of this stumbling block.
It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
The Picture of Dorian Gray.
It is through Art, and through Art only, that we can realise
our perfection; through Art, and through Art only, that we can
shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual experience.
The Critic as Artist.
It is well with me when only when I have a chisel in my hand.
It requires a certain kind of mind to see beauty in a hamburger
bun. Yet, is it any more unusual to find grace in the texture
and softly curved silhouette of a bun than to reflect lovingly
on . . . the arrangement of textures and colors in a butterfly's
Let it be enough for you to have bread and live virtuously and
poorly like Christ, as I do here. I live meanly and don't bother
about life or honor... and I live with the greatest toil and
a thousand worries. It is now about 15 years since I had a happy
From a letter to his father, October 1512
as he finishes the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.
The Decay of Lying.
Life is very nice, but it has no shape. The object of Art is
actually to give it some and to do it by every artifice possible,
truer than the truth.
Life isn't a support-system for art. It's the other way around.
Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
Love art. Of all lies, it is the least untrue.
My inspiration is ART...Because without ART we would just be
stuck with reality.
Daniel R. Lynch
Nature is a revelation of God; Art is a revelation of
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nature is the art of God.
Ninety per cent of the art I buy will probably be worthless
in ten years time.
No great art has ever been made without the artist having known
Rainer Maria Rilke
No, I ask it for the knowledge of a lifetime.
James McNeill Whistler
Replying to the question: For two days'
labor, you ask two hundred guineas?
No, painting is not made to decorate apartments. It's an offensive
and defensive weapon against the enemy.
Nothing is really so poor and melancholy as art that is interested
in itself and not in its subject.
Nothing so resembles a daub as a masterpiece.
Now I as a painter shall never amount to anything important,
I am absolutely sure of it.
Vincent Van Gogh
One puts into one's art what one has not been capable of putting
into one's existence. It is because he was unhappy that God
created the world.
Henri de Montherlant
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of
Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what
another person sees.
Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter
do good things.
Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he
sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry
is painting that is felt rather than seen.
Leonardo da Vinci
Painting is saying "Ta" to God.
Painting, n. The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather
and exposing them to the critic.
People don't want art, they want football.
Picasso is Spanish, I am too. Picasso is a genius, I am too.
Picasso will be seventy-two and I am about forty-eight. Picasso
is known in every country of the world; so am I. Picasso is
a Communist. I am not.
Public art is art that the public can't avoid.
Sadistic excess attempts to reach roughly and by harshness what
art reaches by fineness.
Percy Wynham Lewis
Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish
the barriers of nationality.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
She is like most artists; she is all style without any sincerity.
The Nightingale and the Rose.
Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many
useful objects suck as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination
without skill gives us modern art.
Artist Descending a Staircase.
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
The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of
things, but their inward significance.
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
The artist is a receptacle for 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.
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing
The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues
with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the
harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower
has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.
The artist may not be a judge of his characters, only a dispassionate
The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible
and all-powerful; his presence should be felt everywhere, but
he should never be seen.
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.
The artist, like the God of creation, remains within or behind
or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of
existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
The artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.
G. K. Chesterton
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
The beautiful doesn't matter to me.
The best artist has that thought alone
Which is contained within the marble shell;
The sculptor's hand can only break the spell
To free the figures slumbering in the stone.
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