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  First Top-10 List of Sensational

Quotes about Art and Artists

#1 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Art and Artists

An artist should be fit for the best society and keep out of it.
— John Rusking

#2 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Art and Artists

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

#3 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Art and Artists

Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.
— Lionel Trilling

#4 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Art and Artists

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.
— Abraham Maslow

#5 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Art and Artists

Modern art is when you buy a painting to cover a hole in your living room wall and then decide that the hole looks much better.
— Unknown wise person

#6 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Art and Artists

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
— Eugene Delacroix

#7 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Art and Artists

It does not matter how badly you paint so long as don't paint badly like other people.
— George Moore

#8 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Art and Artists

If more than ten percent of the public likes a painting, it should be burned.
— George Bernard Shaw

#9 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Art and Artists

A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells.
— Grandma Moses

#10 of Top-10 Sensational Quotes about Art and Artists

America is no place for an artist: to be an artist is to be a moral leper, an economic misfit, a social liability. A corn-fed hog enjoys a better life than a creative writer, painter, or musician. To be a rabbit is better still.
— Henry Miller

Second Top-Ten List of Sensational

Quotes about Artists and Art

#1 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Artists and Art

Never put more than two waves in a picture; it's fussy. 
— Winslow Homer

#2 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Artists and Art

Pictures must not be too picturesque.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

#3 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Artists and Art

We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell.
— Picasso

#4 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Artists and Art

No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.
— Antonin Artaud

#5 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Artists and Art

You can make a killing as a playwright in America, but you can't make a living.
— Sherwood Anderson

#6 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Artists and Art

I always suspect an artist who is successful before he is dead.
— John Murray Fitzgibbon

#7 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Artists and Art

Art is meant to upset people, science reassures them.
— Georges Brague

#8 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Artists and Art

Individuality of expression is the beginning and end of all art.
— Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe

#9 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Artists and Art

If you can't find your inspiration by walking around the block one time, go around two blocks — but never three. 
— Robert Motherwell

#10 of Top-Ten Sensational Quotes about Artists and Art

The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.
— Cyril Connolly

More Sensational Quotes about Art and

Artists for Smart People

The only honest art form is laughter, comedy. You can't fake it . . . try to fake three laughs in an hour — ha ha ha ha ha — they'll take you away, man. You can't.
— Lenny Bruce

A lot of pop music is about stealing pocket money from children.
— Ian Anderson (British rock musician)

Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art
. . . Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
— Andy Warhol

Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort.
— George Bernard Shaw

There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it.
— Henry Moore

Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing.
Steve Jobs in Playboy interview

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
— Robert Wilson

It is very good adviceto believe only what an artist does, rather than what he says about his work.
— David Hockney

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block. 
— Paul Gauguin

People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all.
Oscar Wilde

A painter can hang his pictures, but a writer can only hang himself.
Edward Dahlberg

Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid. 
— Jules Feiffer

Art is what we call . . . the thing an artist does.
It's not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes it art, is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making. Something risky. Something human.
Art is not in the eye of the beholder. It's in the soul of the artist.
— Seth Godin

The artist is a member of the leisured classes who cannot pay for his leisure.
— Cyril Connolly

Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.
— Michael Korda

All profoundly original art looks ugly at first.
— Clement Greenberg

I can't tell you what art does and how it does it, but I know that often art has judged the judges, pleaded revenge to the innocent and shown to the future what the past suffered, so that it has never been forgotten. . . . Art, when it functions like this, becomes a meeting-place of the invisible, the irreducible, the enduring, guts, and honour.
— John Berger

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers — and never succeeding.
— Marc Chagall

Art is a jealous mistress, and, if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
— Ludwig van Beethoven

All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work "comes" to him.
— W. H. Auden

The rule in the art world is: you cater to the masses or you kowtow to the elite; you can't have both.
— Ben Hecht

Nothing can be rushed. Things must grow, they must grow upward. 
— Paul Klee

Why should I paint dead fish, onions and beer glasses? Girls are so much prettier. 
— Marie Laurencin, French Painter

You have to hang on in periods when your style isn't popular, because if it's good, it'll come back, and you'll be a recognized beauty once again.
— Andy Warhol

When actors begin to think, it's time for a change. They are not fitted for it.
— Stephen Leacock

An artist needn't be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a warm heart for his fellow men.
— Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh became a painter because he had no ear for music.
— Nikki Harris

Nobody can count themselves an artist unless they can carry a picture in their head before they paint it. 
— Claude Monet

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
— Andre Gide

It is a good idea, particularly when you are doing the eyes, to get the sitter to look at you. In this way the portrait will look in every direction and at everyone who looks at it. This is something much praised by those who do not understand how it is done.
— Antoinio Palomiono Y Velasco

The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.
— William Faulkner

Michelangelo was a pornographer.
— Camille Paglia

When I did my self-portrait, I left all the pimples out because you always should. Pimples are a temporary condition and they don't have anything to do with what you really look like. Always omit the blemishes — they're not part of the good picture you want.
— Andy Warhol

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work. 
— Henry Moore

Whoever wishes to devote himself to painting should begin by cutting out his own tongue. 
— Henri Matisse

The first prerogative of an artist in any medium is to make a fool of himself.
— Pauline Kael

There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.
— Salvador Dali

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand.
— Pablo Picasso

You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover. 
— Henri Matisse

Art is an absolute mistress; she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand triumphs.
— Charlotte Cushman

Bob [Rauschenberg] knocked on the door to my studio one day, and brought in a painting he had just finished. It was a new one in the black series. I think he felt my reaction to it was not sufficiently enthusiastic. I had been very enthusiastic about his work, and he may have felt I was disappointed. In any case, I suddenly realized that he was terribly upset, close to tears. Well, I gave him a good talking-to about that. I told him he simply could not be dependent on anyone's opinion, that he could never, never look to another person for that sort of support.
— John Cage

Three things are needed for success in painting and sculpture: to see beauty when young and accustom oneself to it, to work hard, and to obtain good advice.
— Gianlorenzo Bernini

Does it seem to you that it is possible to speak of Art? It would be the same as explaining love!
— Eleonora Duse

In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.
— Pauline Kael, American Film Critic

To me, the whole process of being a brushstroke in someone else's
painting is a little difficult.
— Madonna

The notion of making money by popular work, and then retiring to do good work, is the most familiar of all the devil's traps for artists.
— Logan Pearsall Smith

The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art.
— George Bernard Shaw

We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell.
— Pablo Picasso

Artists are the monks of the bourgeois state.
— Cesare Pavese

One of the reasons why I have no regular job and why I haven't had a regular job for years is quite simply that my ideas differ from those of the gentlemen who hand out jobs.
— Vincent van Gogh

The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone.
— James Baldwin

All art is quite useless.
— Oscar Wilde

There really is no such thing as Art. There are only artists.
— E. H. Gombrich

Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman.
— Guillaume Apollinaire

Artists have a right to be modest and a duty to be vain.
— Karl Kraus

Only he is an artist who can make a riddle out of a solution.
— Karl Kraus

Art is a jealous mistress, and, if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great artists have no country.
— Alfred de Musset

Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist.
— José Ortega y Gasset

The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he's in business.
— John Berryman

Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.
— Pablo Picasso

There is only one art, whose sole criterion is the power, the authenticity, the revelatory insight, the courage and suggestiveness with which it seeks its truth. . . . Thus, from the standpoint of the work and its worth it is irrelevant to which political ideas the artist as a citizen claims allegiance, which ideas he would like to serve with his work or whether he holds any such ideas at all.
— Václav Havel

The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in this business. You've got to keep on working that talent. Someday I'll reach for it and it won't be there.
— Irving Berlin

The artistic temperament is a disease that affects amateurs. . . . Artists of a large and wholesome vitality get rid of their art easily, as they breathe easily or perspire easily. But in artists of less force, the thing becomes a pressure, and produces a definite pain, which is called the artistic temperament.
— G. K. Chesterton

What garlic is to food, insanity is to art.
— Augustus Saint-Gaudens

An artist is only an ordinary man with a greater potentiality — same stuff, same make up, only more force. And the strong driving force usually finds his weak spot, and he goes cranked, or goes under.
— D. H. Lawrence

Artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it "the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul." The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of "Artist."
— Edgar Allan Poe

An artist is a creature driven by demons. He don't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why. He is completely amoral in that he will rob, borrow, beg, or steal from anybody and everybody to get the work done.
— William Faulkner

An artist's originality is balanced by a corresponding conservatism, a superstitiousness, about it; which might be boiled down to "What worked before will work again."
— Nancy Hale

It seems likely that many of the young who don't wait for others to call them artists, but simply announce that they are, don't have the patience to make art.
— Pauline Kael

No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times.
— Martha Graham

I had rather be called a journalist than an artist.
— H. G. Wells

One of the dangers of the American artist is that he finds himself almost exclusively thrown in with persons more or less in the arts. He lives among them, eats among them, quarrels with them, marries them.
— Thornton Wilder

If Botticelli were alive today he'd be working for Vogue.
— Peter Ustinov

I would venture to warn against too great intimacy with artists as it is very seductive and a little dangerous.
— Victoria

The only legitimate artists in England are the architects.
— Benjamin Haydon

A vandal is somebody who throws a brick through a window. An artist is somebody who paints a picture on that window. A great artist is somebody who paints a picture on the window and then throws a brick through it.
— A-One, graffiti artist quoted in New Yorker

All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
— Federico Fellini

Love art. Of all lies, it is the least untrue.
— Gustave Flaubert

The object of art is to give life a shape.
— Jean Anouilh

PAINTING, n. The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.
— Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

The history of art is the history of revivals.
— Samuel Butler

The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.
— James Joyce

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.
— Paul Klee

Art is the objectification of feeling, and the subjectification of nature.
— Suzanne K. Langer

The whole of art is an appeal to a reality which is not without us but in our minds.
— Desmond MacCarthy

Art is a revolt against fate.
— Andre Malraux

A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.
— Vladimir Nabokov

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.
— Pablo Picasso

Art is the right hand of nature. The latter only gave us being, but the former made us men.
— Friedrich von Schiller

Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
— Edgard Varese

A work of art has an author and yet, when it is perfect, it has something which is anonymous about it.
— Simone Wiel

Art happens-no hovel is safe from it, no Prince may depend upon it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about, and puny efforts to make it universal end in quaint comedy, and coarse farce.
— James McNeill

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
— Oscar Wilde

Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.
— Joseph Conrad

An artist is forced by others to paint out of his own free will.
— Willem de Kooning

If the man who paints only the tree, or flower, or other surface he sees before him were an artist, the king of artists would be the photographer. It is for the artist to do something beyond this: in portrait painting to put on canvas something more than the face the model wears for that one day; to paint the man, in short, as well as his features.
— James McNeill Whistler

Astrology is not an art, it is a disease.
— Maimondides (1135-1204)

An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.
— Evelyn Waugh

If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed.
— David Hockney

In free society art is not a weapon. . . . Artists are not engineers of the soul.
— John F. Kennedy

America is no place for an artist: to be an artist is to be a moral leper, an economic misfit, a social liability. A corn-fed hog enjoys a better life than a creative writer, painter, or musician. To be a rabbit is better still.
— Henry Miller

In other countries, art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is indistinguishable from any other decent businessman.
— Sinclair Lewis

Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature's monotony. The sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzying speed. The order which we find in nature, and which is only an effect of art, would at once vanish. Everything would break up in chaos. There would be no seasons, no civilization, no thought, no humanity; even life would give way, and the impotent void would reign everywhere.
— Guillaume Apollinaire

His work was that curious mixture of bad painting and good intentions that always entitles a man to be called a representative British artist.
— Oscar Wilde

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
— Elvis Presley

Working in the theater has a lot in common with unemployment.
— Arthur Gingold

Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
— Noël Coward

The camera can represent flesh so superbly that, if I dared, I would never photograph a figure without asking that figure to take its clothes off.
— George Bernard Shaw

A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there — even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity.
— Robert Doisneau, French photographer

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
— Diane Arbus, American photographer

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. 
— Fran Lebowitz

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