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Famous Art Quotes


The Artist is Nothing without the Gift, but the gift is nothing without the work.

Emile Zola

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

Edgar Degas

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

Henry Ward Beecher

Personality is everything in art and Poetry.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.

Jonathan Swift

Art enable us to find ourselves and loose ourselves at the same time.

Thomas Merton

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.


Architecture is a visual art and the buildings speak for themselves.

Julie Morgan

Drawing is the honesty of art.. There is no possibility of cheating. Its either good or bad.

Salvador Dali

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

John W. Gardner

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.

Eugene Delacroix

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.

Pablo Picasso.

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

A picture is a poem without words.


Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

Pablo Picasso

One’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes.

Andrew Wyeth

Art is not a handicraft, it’s the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.

Leo Tolstoy

Every human is an artist. And this is the main art that we have, the creation of our story.

Don Miguel Ruiz

An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.

Leonardo Da Vinci

No great artist Never sees things as they really. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

Oscar Wilde

Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without the thorn.

Martin Amis

A picture is worth a thousand words.


There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

Pablo Picasso

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.

Edgar Degas

Art is the daughter of freedom.

Friedrich Schiller

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.

George Bernard Shaw.

A painting that is well composed is half finished.

Pierre Bonnard.

Thehuman foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.

Leonardo da Vinci

A guilty Conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.

Albert Camus

Every artist was first an amateur.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

Oscar Wilde.

A painting that is well composed is half finished.

Pierre Bonnard

Drawing is like making an impressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.

Henri Matisse

Art is the lie that enables us to realise the truth.

Pablo Picasso

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.

W. Sommerset Maugham.

The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.

Jackson Pollock

I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is. 

Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The artist Vocation is to send light into the human heart.

George Sand.

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.

Leonardo da Vinci.

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

Twyla Tharp

A man paints with his brains and not his hands.


 You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.

John Singer Sargent.

Sculpture is the art of the intelligence.

Pablo Picasso.

Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art.

Constantin Stanislavski

Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

Claude Monet.

Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour.

Giotto di Bondone.

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.

John Ruskin

If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle.

Albrecht Durer.

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts, such is the duty of the artist.

Robert Schumann

In art there is no need for colour, I see only light and shade. Give me a crayon, and I will paint your portrait.

Francisco Goya.

Nothing is art if it does not come from nature.

Antoni Gaudi.

Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there.


 the job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

Francis Bacon.

Painting is by nature a luminous language.

Robert Delaunay.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Pablo Picasso.

With colour one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.

Henri Matisse.

Life is short, the art long.


A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.

Eugene Lonesco.

An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision.

James Whistler.

If art is to nourish the roots or our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

John f. Kennedy.

Art should be an oasis, a place or refuge form the hardness of life.

Fernando Botero.

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.

Auguste Rodin.

If my art has nothing to do with people’s pain and sorrow, what is art for?

Ai Weiwei.

The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.


Art does not reproduce what we see, rather it makes us see.

Paul Klee

Painting is an infinite minute part of my personality.

Salvador Dali.

Treat your Work of art like a prince. Let me speak to you first.

Arthur Schopenhauer

I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.

Le Corbusier.


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