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Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
Salvador Dali

You had to feel sorry for yourself to create abstract art.
Robert Rauschenberg

It doesn't matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.
Jackson Pollock

As an artist you’re looking for universal triggers. You want it both ways. You want it to have an immediate impact, and you want it to have deep meanings as well. I’m striving for both.
Damien Hirst

All artists are vain, they long to be recognised and to leave something to posterity. They want to be loved, and at the same time they want to be free. But nobody is free.
Francis Bacon


The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture and a highly creative feverishness. It is not like a drug;
it is a particular state when everything happens very quickly, a mixture of consciousness and unconsciousness, of fear and
pleasure; it’s a little like making love, the physical act of love.
Francis Bacon

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.
Rene Magritte

I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing
basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.
Mark Rothko

The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.
Hans Hofmann

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

The artist is always engaged in writing a detailed history of the future because
he is the only person aware of the nature of the present.
Wyndham Lewis

A painting is not a picture of an experience, but is the experience.
Mark Rothko

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

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.
Leonardo DaVinci

Inspiration is highly overrated. If you sit around and wait for the clouds to part, it's not liable to ever happen. More often
than not work is salvation.
Chuck Close

When photography's good, let me put it that way, it's as good as painting.
Clement Greenberg

The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can
hope for is to put some order into ourselves.
Willem de Kooning

To restrict the artist is a crime. It is to murder germinating life.
Egon Schiele

There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it.
Henry Moore

Art is an outlet toward regions which are not ruled by time and space.
Marcel Duchamp

I was probably born with the ability to draw, but that does not make you an artist.
James Rosenquist

Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask. Modern art rejected all that. Our subject matter
was the person behind the mask.
Robert Motherwell

When nations grow old, the arts grow cold, and commerce settles on every tree.
William Blake

I had been working purely abstractly for so long, it was
important for me to see whether I was working abstractly
because I couldn't work any other way, or whether I was
doing it out of choice.
Robert Rauschenberg

Art does not reproduce the visible, it makes visible.
Paul Klee

Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such
a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!
Paul Gauguin

There is no reason to life without purpose.
Albert Einstein

Mastery does not come from dabbling. We have to be prepared to pay the price. We need to have the sustained enthusiasm that motivates us to give our best.
Eknath Easwaran

Imagination is the key to creativity. Take all the possibilities you've ever noticed and weave them together.
Anonymous

Silence is so accurate.
Mark Rothko

We favor the simple expression of the complex thought. We are for the large shape because it has the impact of the unequivocal. We wish to reassert the picture plane. We are for flat forms because they destroy illusion and reveal truth.
Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb

I don't really trust ideas, especially good ones. Rather I put my trust in the materials that confront me, because they put me in touch with the unknown.
Robert Rauschenberg

An empty canvas is a living wonder...far lovelier than certain pictures.
Wassily Kandinsky

Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes.
Panchatantra, fifth century A.D.

Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.
Robert Motherwell

Ideas either come or they don't come.
Jasper Johns

All art intuitively apprehends coming changes in the collective unconsciousness.
Carl Gustav Jung

He can only obey the apparently alien impulse within him and follow where it leads, sensing that his work is greater than himself, and wields a power which is not his and which he cannot command.
Carl Gustav Jung

What I am looking for.. is an immobile movement, something which would be the equivalent of what is called the eloquence of silence, or what St. John of the Cross, I think it was, described with the term "mute music".
Joan Miro

The chief enemy of creativity is "good" sense.
Pablo Picasso

We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if
I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell.
Pablo Picasso

"Imagination is the key to creativity. Take all the possibilities you've ever noticed and weave them together."
Unknown

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
Albert Einstein

"The fine art of painting, which is the bastard of alchemy, always has been always will be, a game. The rules of the game are quite simple: in a given arena, on as many psychic fronts as the talent allows, one must visually describe, the center of the meaning of existence."
Brett Whiteley

"Art makes me transparent, an internal excavation. Some days it's Gold and some days it's mud.  Either way, that's who I am and it will always be a perfect thumb print of my soul."
Kelly Moore

"Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark."
Henri Frederic Amiel
"Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul."
Henri Matisse

"Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask. Modern art rejected all that. Our subject matter was the person behind the mask."
Robert Motherwell

"A young painter who cannot liberate himself from the influence of past generations is digging his own grave."
Henri Matisse

“I must break away from tradition, break away from beauty, from sentimentality. This is my drama.”
Pablo Picasso

“The personality of the artist asserts itself through the struggles it has to go through when pitted against other personalities. If the fight is fatal, it is a matter of destiny.”
Henri Matisse

"A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art."
Paul Cezanne


"...Because I say anybody who does creative art is a sacred person."
Man Ray

"Within everything is the seed of everything."
unknown


When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It's only after a sort of "get acquainted" period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own."
Jackson Pollock

"I'd like to pretend that I've never seen anything, never read anything, never heard anything....and then make something."
Keith Haring

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.
Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in, at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen."
Leonardo DaVinci

""If we study Japanese Art, we see a man who is undoubtedly wise, philosophic and intelligent, who spends his time doing what? In studying the distance between the earth and moon? No. In studying Bismark's policy? No. He studies a single blade of grass."
Vincent Van Gogh

I want to be like the sun which has no envy over whom it shines."
Lani Picard
"Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated."
Auguste Rodin

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
Michelangelo

"Accidents – try to change them – it’s impossible. The accidental reveals the man."
Pablo Picasso

"Painting makes me do what it wants."
Pablo Picasso

"Art is not chaste. It should be kept away from ignorant innocents. Those ill prepared should be allowed no contact with art. Yes, art is dangerous. And if it is chaste, it is not art."
Pablo Picasso

It's a great day when you read a quote, love what it says and realize it was your own.
Lani Picard

Every good painter paints what he is.
Jackson Pollock

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
Michelangelo

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.
Joan Miro

Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms.
Roy Lichtenstein

There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence,
transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Pablo Picasso

The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.
Mondrian

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
Albert Einstein

What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.
Eugene Delacroix

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
Francis Bacon

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.
Edgar Degas

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.
Rene Magritte

There is no must in art because art is free.
Wassily Kandinsky

To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and commonsense will only interfere.
But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams."
Giorgio DeChirico

I shut my eyes in order to see.
Paul Gauguin

The painting has a life of its own.
Jackson Pollock

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Pablo Picasso

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Pablo Picasso

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

I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.
Pablo Picasso

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
Camille Pissarro

It takes a very long time to become young.
Pablo Picasso

It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
Henri Matisse

I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.
Henri Matisse

Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.
Michaelangelo

The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it.
Gustave Courbet

Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.
Leonardo da Vinci

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
Leonardo da Vinci

Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters;
united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.
Francisco Goya

The source of genius is imagination alone, the refinement of the senses that sees what others do not see,
or sees them differently.
Eugène Delacroix

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
Salvador Dali

When I feel a little confused the only thing to do is to turn back to the study of nature before launching once again into the subjects closest to heart.
Raoul Dufy

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
Michelangelo

A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.
Michelangelo

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

Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated.
Auguste Rodin

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
Auguste Rodin

It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves,
for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.
Vincent Van Gogh

In our time there are many artists who do something because it is new; they see their value and their justification in this newness. They are deceiving themselves; novelty is seldom the essential. This has to do with one thing only; making a subject better from its intrinsic nature.
Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Picasso

To great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.
Sir Issac Newton

You paint the way you have to in order to give. That's life itself, and someone will look and say it is the product of knowing, but it has nothing to do with knowing, it has to do with giving."
Franz Kline

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand.
Pablo Picasso

"On the floor I am more at ease, I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around in it, work from the four sides and be literally, 'in' the painting."
Jackson Pollock, 1947

"Art is not chaste. It should be kept away from ignorant innocents. Those ill prepared should be allowed no contact with art. Yes, art is dangerous. And if it is chaste, it is not art.
Pablo Picasso
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