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Inspiring Quotes About Art and Being an Artist (Page 2 of 2)

Quote: To draw you must close your eyes and sing. by author Pablo Picasso overlaid on photo of red neon heart wallpaper
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To draw you must close your eyes and sing.


Quote: With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance. by author Norman Mailer overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance.


Quote: Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God. by author Martin Luther overlaid on photo of artists easel
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Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.


Quote: The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind. by author Marina Abramovic overlaid on photo of plain background
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The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind.


Quote: Painting is a language of its own. You cannot interpret one form of expression with another form of expression. by author Marcel Duchamp overlaid on photo of Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah
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Painting is a language of its own. You cannot interpret one form of expression with another form of expression.


Quote: Art must not serve might. by author Karel Čapek overlaid on photo of photo of author Karel Čapek with quote

Art must not serve might.


I have been enlightened. I have fallen into poetry and it has swallowed me up.


Quote: Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. by author Leonardo da Vinci overlaid on photo of purple and black skies
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Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.


Quote: An artist is his own fault. by author John O'Hara overlaid on photo of red and white heart shape illustration
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An artist is his own fault.


Quote: The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke. by author Jerzy Kosinski overlaid on photo of colored pencil lined up on top of white surface
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The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.


Quote: An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. by author James Whistler overlaid on photo of red neon heart wallpaper
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An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.


Quote: The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness. by author Joan Miro overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.


Quote: If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
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If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.


Quote: Personality is everything in art and poetry. by author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
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Personality is everything in art and poetry.


Quote: The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. by author Jackson Pollock overlaid on photo of man and woman holding each others hands
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The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.


Quote: Every good painter paints what he is. by author Jackson Pollock overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

Every good painter paints what he is.


Quote: For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh. by author Georges Rouault overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.


Quote: Of all lies, art is the least untrue. by author Gustave Flaubert overlaid on photo of photo of author Gustave Flaubert with quote

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.


Quote: I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could. by author Georgia O'Keeffe overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
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I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could.


Quote: An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world. by author George Santayana overlaid on photo of man kissing woman while sitting on railings during night
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An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.


Quote: Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. by author Vincent van Gogh overlaid on photo of photo of author Vincent van Gogh with quote

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.


Quote: We have art in order not to die of the truth. by author Friedrich Nietzsche overlaid on photo of red neon heart wallpaper
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We have art in order not to die of the truth.


Quote: I paint flowers so they will not die. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
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I paint flowers so they will not die.


Quote: I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
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I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.


Quote: I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. by author Frida Kahlo overlaid on photo of photo of outer space
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I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.


Quote: Space is the breath of art. by author Frank Lloyd Wright overlaid on photo of red and white heart shape illustration
Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski

Space is the breath of art.




Quote: I think being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world. by author Elijah Wood overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

I think being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world.




Quote: To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. by author Elbert Hubbard overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
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To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.


Quote: Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things. by author Edgar Degas overlaid on photo of blue glass heart
Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder

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


Quote: For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art. by author Edvard Munch overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
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For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art.


Quote: Some colors reconcile themselves to one another, others just clash. by author Edvard Munch overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of hand with red paint
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Some colors reconcile themselves to one another, others just clash.


Quote: What is originality? Undetected plagiarism. by author Dean Inge overlaid on photo of two white swan on body of water
Photo Credit: Wolfgang Hasselmann

What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.


Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.


Quote: I think the idea of art kills creativity. by author Douglas Adams overlaid on photo of person forming heart with their hands
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I think the idea of art kills creativity.


Quote: Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun. by author Christina Rossetti overlaid on photo of photo of author Christina Rossetti with quote

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun. Change your thoughts and you change your world.


Quote: It is absurd to look for perfection. by author Camille Pissarro overlaid on photo of photo of author Camille Pissarro with quote

It is absurd to look for perfection.


Quote: Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. by author Claude Monet overlaid on photo of couple walking on lake side watching sunset close-up photo
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Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. To such an extent indeed that one day, finding myself at the deathbed of a woman who had been and still was very dear to me, I caught myself in the act of focusing on her temples and automatically analyzing the succession of appropriately graded colors which death was imposing on her motionless face.


Quote: Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art. by author Claude Debussy overlaid on photo of photo of author Claude Debussy with quote

Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.


Quote: In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. by author Coco Chanel overlaid on photo of two white swan on body of water
Photo Credit: Wolfgang Hasselmann

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different- life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself- a girl should be two things: who and what she wants.


Quote: The goal of art was the vital expression of self. by author Alfred Stieglitz overlaid on photo of photo of author Alfred Stieglitz with quote

The goal of art was the vital expression of self.


Quote: Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. by author Al Hirschfeld overlaid on photo of photo of author Al Hirschfeld with quote

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.


Quote: The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. by author Aristotle overlaid on photo of person holding heart shaped red balloon
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The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.


Quote: A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. by author Ansel Adams overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.


Quote: True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of blue glass heart
Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.


Quote: The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation. by author Auguste Rodin overlaid on photo of photo of author Auguste Rodin with quote

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.


Quote: Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings. by author Agnes Martin overlaid on photo of photo of author Agnes Martin with quote

Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.


Quote: My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind. by author Agnes Martin overlaid on photo of photo of author Agnes Martin with quote

My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind.


Quote: When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection. by author Agnes Martin overlaid on photo of photo of author Agnes Martin with quote

When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.


Quote: The main thing in making art often is letting go of your expectation and your idea. by author Agnes Martin overlaid on photo of photo of author Agnes Martin with quote

The main thing in making art often is letting go of your expectation and your idea.


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