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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Art:

A man and his art are like a fool and his king.
~ Corri Alius.

One of the best things about paintings is their silence - which prompts reflection and random reverie.
~ Mark Stevens.

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

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

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
~ Leonardo da Vinci.

Painting is silent poetry.
~ Plutarch Quotes, Moralia: How to Study Poetry.

Pictures must not be too picturesque.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom.
~ G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy.

Reflexes and instincts are not pretty. It is their decoration that initiates art.
~ Martin H. Fischer.

Science is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon eternal truths. Art is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon things beautiful and immortal and ever-changing. To morals belong the lower and less intellectual spheres.
~ Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1891.

Sometimes, to pursue a new idea, the artist must forfeit his deposit on an old idea.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com.

Surely nothing has to listen to so many stupid remarks as a painting in a museum.
~ Edmond & Jules de Goncourt.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
~ Aristotle.

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 is life.
~ William Faulkner.

The artist does not see things as they are, but as he is.
~ Alfred Tonnelle.

The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe, he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.
~ Henry Miller.

The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent. The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artist.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com.

The artist's talent sits uneasy as an object of public acclaim, having been so long an object of private despair.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com.

The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.
~ Paul Strand.

The buttocks are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the body because they are non-functional. Although they conceal an essential orifice, these pointless globes are as near as the human form can ever come to abstract art.
~ Kenneth Tynan.

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