Art is man’s expression of his joy in labor.
Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.
Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul.
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
I cry out for order and find it only in art.
Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
Even a true artist does not always produce art.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
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.
Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.
The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
A picture is a poem without words.
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.
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.
You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
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.
Pictures must not be too picturesque.
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
Art is not a thing it is a way.
In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
Every artist was first an amateur.
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
An artist is always alone – if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
All art is but imitation of nature.
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
Art is the proper task of life.
Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.
In art the best is good enough.
A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
An artist cannot fail it is a success to be one.
Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can’t eat it.
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.
The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
Personality is everything in art and poetry.
Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
We have art in order not to die of the truth.
Without freedom, no art art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.