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Here we sharing Some Famous Art Quotes from celebrated artists and enjoy their inspiration to make the world more beautiful today.

Top 10 Art Quotes

1. Every artist was first an amateur. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. Art is never finished, only abandoned. – Leonardo da Vinci

3. Art is to console those who are broken by life. -Vincent Van Gogh


4. To be an artist is to believe in life.-Henry Moore

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

6. Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.-Banksy

7. Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.-Pablo Picasso

Art is my life and my life is
Art is my life and my life is art- Yoko one

8. Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. – Thomas Merton

9. Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.-Edgar Degas


10. The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Quotes about Art

11. The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity. -Alberto Giacometti

12. Art deteriorates when it is done for the audience.-James Pierce

13. Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind. -Magdalena Abakanowicz

14. The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.”“The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech. — Vincent van Gogh


15. All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw? -Banksy

16. In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can make it better. -Ernest Hemingway

17. Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does, the better. -André Gide

18. I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. -Georgia O’Keeffe

19. The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.-Paul Cézanne


20. All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.- James Baldwin

21. One eye sees the other feels. -Paul Klee

22. A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others. -Salvador Dalí

23. The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. -Pablo Picasso

24. Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy. – Albert Einstein


25. Art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something. -Rainbow Rowell

26. Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings. -Agnes Martin

27. I shut my eyes in order to see. -Paul Gauguin

28. I must have flowers, always, and always. -Claude Monet

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


30. I couldn’t give you something mediocre even if that’s all you asked for. -Michelangelo

31. Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know. -Rembrandt

32. Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish. -Michelangelo

33. An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. — James McNeill Whistler

34. Art is my life and my life is art. -Yoko Ono


35. Art must destroy violence, only it can do it. -Leo Tolstoy

36. The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel. — Piet Mondrian

37. The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist. -Eric Gill

38. An intellectual says a simple thing in the hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. – Charles Bukowski

39. An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success.-Henri Matisse


40. In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece. -Kai Green

41. A work of art that did not begin in emotion is not art. -Paul Cézanne

42. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little. -Banksy

43. Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.-Albert Einstein

44. What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence. -Claude Monet


45. Art is the expression of the profoundest thoughts in the simplest way. -Albert Einstein

46. To draw you must close your eyes and sing. -Pablo Picasso

47. I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn’t know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest. Anybody can do what I do. ― Bob Ross

48. 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

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” - — Pablo Picasso
“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” – — Pablo Picasso

49. …and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? -Vincent Van Gogh

50. Everything you can imagine is real. -Pablo Picasso


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

52. Anything I can not transform into something marvellous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.― Anais Nin

53. The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. -Neil Gaiman

54. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. -John F. Kennedy

55. Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. -Leonardo da Vinci


56. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. -Peter O’Toole

57. An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s. – J.D. Salinger

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

59. The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize. -Robert Hughes

Quotes about Artists

60. Bad artists copy. Good artists steal. -Pablo Picasso


61. You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search. -Rick Riordan

62. A work is finished when an artist realizes his intentions. -Rembrandt

63. Art is not a mirror to hold up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it. -Leon Trotsky

64. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. -John F. Kennedy

65. Art is meant to disturb, science reassures. -Georges Braque


66. Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment. -Claude Monet

67. I paint flowers so they will not die.-Frida Kahlo

68. I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality. -Frida Kahlo

69. If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud. -Emile Zola

70. What art is, in reality, is this missing link, not the links which exist. It’s not what you see that is art; art is the gap. -Marcel Duchamp


71. The more we can get in tune with the harmony of the planet, the more our art can benefit from that relationship. -Rick Rubin

72. If I close my eyes, I see things better than with my eyes open. -Henri Matisse

73. A work is finished when an artist realizes his intentions. -Rembrandt

74. Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation it is a corpse.-Winston Churchill

75. Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom. -Leonardo da Vinci


76. The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them. -Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

77. He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. -St. Francis of Assisi

78. The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul. -Wassily Kandinsky

79. An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world. -George Santayana

80. Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. -Oscar Wilde


81. If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. -Michelangelo

82. Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches. -Andy Warhol

83. Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. -Keith Haring

84. No great work of art is ever finished. -Michelangelo

85. Whoever wants to know something about me, they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognize what I am and what I want. -Gustav Klimt


86. A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not. -Leonardo da Vinci

87. I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. -Michelangelo

88. Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. -Al Hirschfield

Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom. -Leonardo da Vinci
Art lives from constraints and dies from freedom. -Leonardo da Vinci

89. Man needs music, literature, and painting – all those oases of perfection that make up art – to compensate for the rudeness and materialism of life. -Fernando Botero

90. An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he – for some reason – thinks it would be a good idea to give them. -Andy Warhol

91. 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


92. An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. -Charles Cooley

93. The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.-Robert Henri

94. It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas. -Paul Cézanne

95. The modern artist is working and expressing an inner world – in other words – expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces. – Jackson Pollock

96. An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please. – Andre Malraux


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

98. The public wants to understand and learn in a single day, a single minute, what the artist has spent years learning. -Paul Gauguin

99. Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. -Pablo Picasso

100. Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. -Henry Ward Beecher

101. A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others.-Salvador Dalí


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

103. Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing. -Marc Chagall

Humorous Art Quotes

104. What is an artist? For every thousand people there’s nine hundred doing the work, ninety doing well, nine doing good, and one lucky bastard who’s the artist. -Tom Stoppard

105. 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

106. Van Gogh would have sold more than one painting if he’d put tigers in them. – Tom Hobbes


107. I would never have taken up painting if women did not have breasts. -Pierre Auguste Renoir

108. If you have a burning restless urge to paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass. -Fran Lebowitz

Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it. -Samuel Butler
Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it. -Samuel Butler

109. If the old masters had labeled their fruit, one wouldn’t be so likely to mistake pears for turnips. -Mark Twain

110. The more you look at modern art exhibits, the more everything begins to look like an exhibit, including the attendant’s chair and the fire extinguisher. -Brian Sewell

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

112. Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise man to be able to sell it. -Samuel Butler


113. Art is art, isn’t it? And water is water and east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like apple-sauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. -Groucho Marx

114. I hate flowers. I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move. -Georgia O’Keeffe

115. The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will spark off a revolution. -Paul Cézanne

116. Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious. -Oscar Wilde

117. An amateur is an artist who supports himself with outside jobs which enable him to paint. A professional is someone whose wife works to enable him to paint. -Ben Shahn


118. Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first. -Arthur Schopenhauer

119. I guess I’m a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That’s okay though; I have more fun than most people. -Bob Ross

120. When art critics get together they talk about Form and Structure and Meaning. When artists get together they talk about where you can buy cheap turpentine. -Pablo Picasso

121. Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves they have a better idea. -John Ciardi

122. Rembrandt painted 700 pictures. Of these 3,000 are in existence. -Wilhelm Bode


123. There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can’t stand Picasso, those who can’t stand Raphael, and those who have never heard of either. -John White

124. We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.-Bob Ross

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