Art Quotations


The question is not what you look at but what you see. 
Henry David Thoreau

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

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

Every artist dips his brush within his own soul & paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher

Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
Michelangelo 1475 - 1564

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to the dark place where it leads.
Erica Jong

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

When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
Vincent Van Gogh

Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
Groucho Marx

My favourite poem is the one that starts 'Thirty days hath September' because it actually tells you something.
Groucho Marx

To use books rightly is to go to them for help.

Well, Art is Art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.
Groucho Marx

Music can change the world because it can change people.

I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.
Peter de Vries

It takes a long time to become young.
Pablo Picasso

Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
Woody Allen (1935-)

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint Exupery

Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working.
Albert Giacometti (sculptor)

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

Dancing is silent poetry.
Simonides (556-468bc)

This book fills a much-needed gap.
Moses Hadas (1900-1966)

I don't have to think I am a great painter, but I need to feel that what I seek is a great painting - that any moment the canvas could come alive and become a beautiful picture.
Gregg Kreutz

If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.
Edward Hopper

Painting: The art of protecting canvas surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critics.
Ambrose Bierce

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
Ansel Adams

Every morning when I wake up, I experience an exquisite joy — the joy of being Salvador Dalí — and I ask myself in rapture, 'What wonderful things is this Salvador Dalí going to accomplish today?
Salvador Dalí