Art Quotes

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Art quotes are so much a part of man and woman’s existence. So too is it true that art quotes have and continue to hold a special place in our history.

The ability of the artist to perform at such high levels are simply amazing. Their moxie, their get-up-and-go personalities continue to amaze.

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
-Alexander Pope

Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.
-Alfred de Vigny

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
-Ambrose Bierce

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
-Ambrose Bierce

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

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
-Anais Nin

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
-Anatole France

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
-Andre Gide

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
-Andre Gide

Art is a revolt against fate.
-Andre Malraux

I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
-Andy Warhol

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
-Andy Warhol

Artists don't make objects. Artists make mythologies.
-Anish Kapoor

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need.
-Auguste Rodin

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

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

Even a true artist does not always produce art.
-Carroll O'Connor

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
-Charles Horton Cooley

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art.
-Clara Schumann

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 essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
-Dale Carnegie

The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
-David Herbert Lawrence The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist.
-David Hockney

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
-Dorothea Lange

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

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

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
-Edgar Degas

An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
-Edgard Varese

Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.
-Edward Steichen

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
-Edward Steichen

When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration.
-Edward Steichen

Art is not a thing; it is a way.
-Elbert Hubbard

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

The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
-Elia Kazan 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

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
-Gertrude Stein

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers - and never succeeding.
-Gian Carlo Menotti

On page two you will find some crackerjack art quotes in this treasure trove. These are truly some of the best art quotes available.

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