Art Quotations

I always thought that one of the reasons why a painter likes especially to have other painters look at his or her work is the shared experience of having pushed paint around
Chuck Close

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

To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.
Stephen R. Covey

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
Jonathon Swift

Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.
Roy Adzak

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work.
Emile Zola

The secret of life is in art.
Oscar Wilde

I spent many years laughing at Harry Secombe's singing until somebody told me that it wasn't a joke
Spike Milligan

I know that to paint the sea really well, you need to look at it every hour of every day in the same place so that you can understand its way in that particular spot and that is why I am working on the same motifs over and over again, four or six times even.
Claude Monet

Architecture is inhabited sculpture.
Constantin Brancusi

The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.
Salvador Dalí

A work of art is not a matter of thinking beautiful thoughts or experiencing tender emotions (though those are its raw materials), but of intelligence, skill, taste, proportion, knowledge, discipline and industry; especially discipline.
Evelyn Waugh

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he or she grows up.
Pablo Picasso

Art is a tart!

Art is anything you can get away with.
Marshall McLuhan

It is only the unimaginative who ever invents. The true artist is known by the use he makes of what he annexes.
Oscar Wilde

Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

The secret of creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Albert Einstein

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
Groucho Marx 1890-1977

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science.
Albert Einstein

Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Those who can do, those who can't teach.
George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Mark Twain 1835-1920

There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.
Charles Dickens 1812-1870

Dancing: The vertical expression of a horizontal desire legalized by music.
George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950

Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else.
Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809-1894

Believe in drawing as a way of developing an understanding of and an appreciation for the physical world rather than as an end in itself.
Ruskin