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Monday, June 3, 2019

375 Art Quotes in English to sharpen your skills

Here we listed some of the most popular and best Art Quotes in English which we hope you will like and read them to know the real value of art and sharpen your skills to make this world even more beautiful.

Every person has his/her own art to express anything. You just have to experience yourself enough to get that particular art which will make you different from this own world and boost your real value, your real worth. So, what's the value of any kind of art in your life and how can you develop and sharpen them? This article is all about that.



Below we listed the set of Best Art Quotes in English:-


Art is either revolution or plagiarism. Paul Gauguin

The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense. Pablo Picasso

Life is creation – self and circumstances, the raw material. Dorothy Richardson

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

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

Art is meant to disturb, science reassures. Georges Braque

You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life. Joan Miro

If I paint something, I don’t want to have to explain what it is. Bob Ross

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

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

Tell your own story, and you will be interesting. Louise Bourgeois

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. Frida Kahlo

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

It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all to prudent. Vincent van Gogh

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

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

Our primary function is to create an emotion and our secondary function is to sustain that emotions. Alfred Hitchcock

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

Best Art Quotes


You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life. Salvador Dalí

I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free. Georgia O’Keeffe

Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art. Susan Sontag

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

In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece. Kai Greene

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

To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence. Louise Bourgeois

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

The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint. Keith Haring

The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death. Steven Pressfield (The War Of Art)

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

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

The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke. Jerzy Kosinski

In the creative state a man is taken out of himself. E. M. Forster

I wanted to start a revolution, using art to build the sort of society I myself envisioned. Yayoi Kusama

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

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

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

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

Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Edward de Bono

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

A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. Christian Dior

Art speaks where words are unable to explain. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Dr. Seuss

Short Art Quotes


Art is never finished, only abandoned. Leonardo da Vinci

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. Leonardo da Vinci

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

Bad artists copy. Good artists steal. Pablo Picasso

Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. Pablo Picasso

Everything you can imagine is real. Pablo Picasso

The only art I’ll ever study is stuff that I can steal from. David Bowie




I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art. Madonna

I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. Vincent van Gogh

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. Vincent Van Gogh

If you hear a voice within you saying, ”You are not a painter,” then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced. Vincent van Gogh

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

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

Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it’s dead for you. Oscar Wilde

A picture is a poem without words. Horace

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

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

Let’s get a little crazy here. Bob Ross

You don’t take a photograph, you make it. Ansel Adams

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. Salvador Dalí

I am not strange. I am just not normal. Salvador Dalí

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. Salvador Dalí

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

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

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best. Frida Kahlo

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. Martin Luther King Jr

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

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

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

Beauty will save the world. Dosteovsky

Painter, paint! Salvador Dalí

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

Inspirational Art Quotes


Creativity is contagious. Pass it on. Albert Einstein

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

Art is a way of recognizing oneself. Louise Bourgeois

Personality is everything in art and poetry. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. Henri Matisse

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

Painting is silent poetry. Plutarch

I’m in fine fettle and fired with a desire to paint. Claude Monet

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. Coco Chanel

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. Elbert Hubbard

To create, one must first question everything. Eileen Gray

Everything starts from a dot. Wassily Kandinsky

To gain freedom is to gain simplicity. Joan Miro

The more I work, the more I want to work. Joan Miro

I work like a gardener. Joan Miro

At the heart of all great art is an essential melancholy. Federico Garcia Lorca

The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to. Frida Kahlo

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

Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working. Pablo Picasso

It is not a torment to be an artist. It is a privilege. Louise Bourgeois

Don’t be fooled by success and money. Don’t let anything come between you and your work. Louise Bourgeois

When you do things for their own sake, that’s when you create your best work. That’s when it’s art. Naval Ravikant

To be great, art has to point somewhere. Anne Lamott

Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen. Leo Tolstoy






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. Agnes Martin

The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying. Steven Pressfield (The War Of Art)

Popular Art Quotes


Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. Steven Pressfield (The War Of Art)

All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind. Bob Ross

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

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

If I’m going to be anything more than average, if anyone is going to remember me, then I need to go further, in art, in life, in everything! Salvador Dalí

The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. Steve Jobs

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. William Faulkner

Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world. Leonardo da Vinci

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

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. Auguste Rodin

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

My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all. John Lennon

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. Francis of Assisi

Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire. Dale Carnegie

It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly. Claude Monet

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. Kurt Vonnegut

Stay firmly in your path and dare; be wild two hours a day. Paul Gauguin

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

Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams? Tim Burton

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

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

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose. James Baldwin

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

By working hard, old man, I hope to make something good one day. I haven’t yet, but I am pursuing it and fighting for it. Vincent van Gogh

One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with. Vincent van Gogh

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

We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents. Bob Ross

I am not an inventor. I steal everything. Anne Bogart

Latest Art Quotes


We have always been shamelss about stealing great ideas. Steve Jobs

There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. Oscar Levant

It’s better to create something that others criticize than to create nothing and criticize others. Ricky Gervais

I just wanna make the world a better-looking place. If you don’t like it, you can paint over it! Banksy (Check out Banksy on Instagram)

People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish… but that’s only if it’s done properly. Banksy

We tell people sometimes: we’re like drug dealers, come into town and get everybody absolutely addicted to painting. It doesn’t take much to get you addicted. Bob Ross

There are three responses to a piece of design: yes, no and wow. Milton Glaser

If people would just look at the paintings, I don’t think they would have any trouble enjoying them. It’s like looking at a bed of flowers, you don’t tear your hair out over what it means. Jackson Pollock

As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. Calvin

The fact I myself do not understand what my paintings mean while I am painting them does not imply that they are meaningless. Salvador Dalí

The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret. Salvador Dalí

If you understand a painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it. Salvador Dalí

I believe in general death but in the death of Dalí absolutely not. Salvador Dalí

What is originality? Undetected plagiarism. William Ralph Inge

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

I’m not performing miracles, I’m using up and wasting a lot of paint. Claude Monet

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic. Oscar Wilde

Bus stops are far more interesting and useful places to have art than in museums. Banksy

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

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star. Friedrich Nietzsche




Motivational Art Quotes


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

All great art contains at its center contemplation, a dynamic contemplation. Susan Sontag

If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for. Alice Walker

Forget yourself. Become one with eternity. Become part of your environment. Yayoi Kusama

The creative union of the conscious with the unconscious is what one usually calls ‘inspiration’. Leon Trotsky

Feeling and longing are the motive forces behind all human endeavor and human creations. Albert Einstein

What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it. Salvador Dalí

People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings. Salvador Dalí

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

Not everyone is capable of madness; and of those lucky enough to be capable, not many have the courage for it. August Strindberg

Perhaps it’s true that I’m very hard on myself, but that’s better than exhibiting mediocre work… too few were satisfactory enough to trouble the public with. Claude Monet

It is a tragedy that we live in a world where physical courage is so common, and moral courage is so rare. Claude Monet

It is better to have done something than to have been someone. Claude Monet

I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could. Georgia O’Keeffe

The true painter must be able, with the most usual things, to have the most unusual ideas. Salvador Dalí

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau

The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. Julia Cameron

I would like to paint the way a bird sings. Claude Monet

One person’s craziness is another person’s reality. Tim Burton

Art is a step in the known toward the unknown. Kahlil Gibran

Art helps us identify with one another and expands our notion of we – from the local to the global. Olafur Eliasson

Every line is the actual experience with its own unique story. Cy Twombly

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

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. Pablo Picasso

Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies. Erich Fromm

So much time is wasted on trying to be better than others. Elijah Wood

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

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

There is no must in art because art is free. Wassily Kandinsky

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents. Salvador Dalí

The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution! Albert Einstein

The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later. Joan Miro

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

I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things. Henri Matisse

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. Henri Matisse

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. Herman Melville

It is better to paint from memory, for thus your work will be your own. Paul Gauguin

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

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

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. Oscar Wilde

Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite – getting something down. Julia Cameron

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

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

He only moves toward the perfection of his art whose criticism surpasses his achievement. Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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

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

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

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. John Ruskin






Inspirational Art Quotes


I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. Vincent van Gogh

All art, like all love, is rooted in heartache. Alfred Stieglitz

Hatred is a parasite that devours all. One doesn’t build upon hatred, but upon love. Henri Matisse

These landscapes of water and reflection have become an obsession. Claude Monet

I would rather die of passion than of boredom. Emile Zola

We should always remember that sensitiveness and emotion constitute the real content of a work of art. Maurice Ravel

Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you. Chuck Klosterman

Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing so little to be reached as with criticism. Only love can grasp and hold and be just toward them. Rainer Maria Rilke

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. Pablo Picasso

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. Vincent Van Gogh

To labor in the arts for any reason other than love is prostitution. Steven Pressfield (The War Of Art)

It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said. Jackson Pollock

(On how he knows when he’s finished) How do you know when you’re finished making love? Jackson Pollock

When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. Jackson Pollock

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

When you start a painting, it is somewhat outside you. At the conclusion, you seem to move inside the painting. Fernando Botero

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. Marc Chagall

Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love. Claude Monet

Nothing can be accomplished without love. Henri Matisse

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. Paul Cezanne

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

I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint. Frida Kahlo

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist. Rene Magritte

Artwork is a representation of our devotion to life. Agnes Martin

Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art. Neil Gaiman

Without anxiety and illness I should have been like a ship without a rudder. Edvard Munch

Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. Anais Nin

No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love. Edvard Munch

I build a kind of wall between myself and t he model so that I can paint in peace behind it. Otherwise, she might say something that confuses and distracts me. Edvard Munch

Disease, insanity, and death were the angels that attended my cradle, and since then have followed me throughout my life. Edvard Munch

Someone else’s vision will never be as good as your own vision of your self. Live and die with it ’cause in the end it’s all you have. Lose it and you lose yourself and everything else. I should have listened to myself. Georgia O’Keeffe

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. Georgia O’Keeffe

Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind, of preoccupation with the objective, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific research, life would have seemed to me empty. Albert Einstein

The more ignoble I find life, the more strongly I react by contradiction, in humour and in an outburst of liberty and expansion. Joan Miro

New Art Quotes


One must work and dare if one really wants to live. Vincent van Gogh

There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke. Vincent van Gogh

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

Whatever you do in life, if you want to be creative and intelligent, and develop your brain, you must do everything with the awareness that everything, in some way, connects to everything else. Leonardo da Vinci

Life is more important than art; that’s what makes art important. James Baldwin

Everything alters me, but nothing changes me. Salvador Dalí

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature, understand them thoroughly. Salvador Dalí

In a sense, as we are creative beings, our lives become our work of art. Julia Cameron

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. Eckhart Tolle

I value those artists who embody the expression of their life. Wassily Kandinsky

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. Pablo Picasso

I paint objects as I think them not as I see them. Pablo Picasso

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. Henri Matisse

To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage. Henri Matisse

Creativity is a lot like happiness. It shows up when you’re thinking of something else. Bert Dodson

Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere – you only have to look to see it. Bob Ross
Here we listed some of the most popular and best Art Quotes in English which we hope you will like and read them to know the real value of art and sharpen your skills to make this world even more beautiful.

Every person has his/her own art to express anything. You just have to experience yourself enough to get that particular art which will make you different from this own world and boost your real value, your real worth. So, what's the value of any kind of art in your life and how can you develop and sharpen them? This article is all about that.



Below we listed the set of Best Art Quotes in English:-


Art is either revolution or plagiarism. Paul Gauguin

The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense. Pablo Picasso

Life is creation – self and circumstances, the raw material. Dorothy Richardson

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

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

Art is meant to disturb, science reassures. Georges Braque

You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life. Joan Miro

If I paint something, I don’t want to have to explain what it is. Bob Ross

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

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

Tell your own story, and you will be interesting. Louise Bourgeois

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. Frida Kahlo

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

It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all to prudent. Vincent van Gogh

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

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

Our primary function is to create an emotion and our secondary function is to sustain that emotions. Alfred Hitchcock

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

Best Art Quotes


You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life. Salvador Dalí

I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free. Georgia O’Keeffe

Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art. Susan Sontag

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

In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece. Kai Greene

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

To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence. Louise Bourgeois

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

The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint. Keith Haring

The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death. Steven Pressfield (The War Of Art)

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

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

The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke. Jerzy Kosinski

In the creative state a man is taken out of himself. E. M. Forster

I wanted to start a revolution, using art to build the sort of society I myself envisioned. Yayoi Kusama

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

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

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

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

Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Edward de Bono

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

A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. Christian Dior

Art speaks where words are unable to explain. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Dr. Seuss

Short Art Quotes


Art is never finished, only abandoned. Leonardo da Vinci

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. Leonardo da Vinci

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

Bad artists copy. Good artists steal. Pablo Picasso

Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. Pablo Picasso

Everything you can imagine is real. Pablo Picasso

The only art I’ll ever study is stuff that I can steal from. David Bowie




I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art. Madonna

I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. Vincent van Gogh

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. Vincent Van Gogh

If you hear a voice within you saying, ”You are not a painter,” then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced. Vincent van Gogh

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

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

Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it’s dead for you. Oscar Wilde

A picture is a poem without words. Horace

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

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

Let’s get a little crazy here. Bob Ross

You don’t take a photograph, you make it. Ansel Adams

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. Salvador Dalí

I am not strange. I am just not normal. Salvador Dalí

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. Salvador Dalí

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

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

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best. Frida Kahlo

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted. Martin Luther King Jr

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

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

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

Beauty will save the world. Dosteovsky

Painter, paint! Salvador Dalí

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

Inspirational Art Quotes


Creativity is contagious. Pass it on. Albert Einstein

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

Art is a way of recognizing oneself. Louise Bourgeois

Personality is everything in art and poetry. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. Henri Matisse

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

Painting is silent poetry. Plutarch

I’m in fine fettle and fired with a desire to paint. Claude Monet

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. Coco Chanel

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. Elbert Hubbard

To create, one must first question everything. Eileen Gray

Everything starts from a dot. Wassily Kandinsky

To gain freedom is to gain simplicity. Joan Miro

The more I work, the more I want to work. Joan Miro

I work like a gardener. Joan Miro

At the heart of all great art is an essential melancholy. Federico Garcia Lorca

The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to. Frida Kahlo

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

Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working. Pablo Picasso

It is not a torment to be an artist. It is a privilege. Louise Bourgeois

Don’t be fooled by success and money. Don’t let anything come between you and your work. Louise Bourgeois

When you do things for their own sake, that’s when you create your best work. That’s when it’s art. Naval Ravikant

To be great, art has to point somewhere. Anne Lamott

Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen. Leo Tolstoy






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. Agnes Martin

The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying. Steven Pressfield (The War Of Art)

Popular Art Quotes


Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. Steven Pressfield (The War Of Art)

All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind. Bob Ross

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

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

If I’m going to be anything more than average, if anyone is going to remember me, then I need to go further, in art, in life, in everything! Salvador Dalí

The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. Steve Jobs

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. William Faulkner

Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world. Leonardo da Vinci

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

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. Auguste Rodin

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

My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all. John Lennon

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. Francis of Assisi

Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire. Dale Carnegie

It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly. Claude Monet

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. Kurt Vonnegut

Stay firmly in your path and dare; be wild two hours a day. Paul Gauguin

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

Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams? Tim Burton

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

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

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose. James Baldwin

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

By working hard, old man, I hope to make something good one day. I haven’t yet, but I am pursuing it and fighting for it. Vincent van Gogh

One must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with. Vincent van Gogh

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

We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents. Bob Ross

I am not an inventor. I steal everything. Anne Bogart

Latest Art Quotes


We have always been shamelss about stealing great ideas. Steve Jobs

There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. Oscar Levant

It’s better to create something that others criticize than to create nothing and criticize others. Ricky Gervais

I just wanna make the world a better-looking place. If you don’t like it, you can paint over it! Banksy (Check out Banksy on Instagram)

People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish… but that’s only if it’s done properly. Banksy

We tell people sometimes: we’re like drug dealers, come into town and get everybody absolutely addicted to painting. It doesn’t take much to get you addicted. Bob Ross

There are three responses to a piece of design: yes, no and wow. Milton Glaser

If people would just look at the paintings, I don’t think they would have any trouble enjoying them. It’s like looking at a bed of flowers, you don’t tear your hair out over what it means. Jackson Pollock

As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. Calvin

The fact I myself do not understand what my paintings mean while I am painting them does not imply that they are meaningless. Salvador Dalí

The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret. Salvador Dalí

If you understand a painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it. Salvador Dalí

I believe in general death but in the death of Dalí absolutely not. Salvador Dalí

What is originality? Undetected plagiarism. William Ralph Inge

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

I’m not performing miracles, I’m using up and wasting a lot of paint. Claude Monet

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic. Oscar Wilde

Bus stops are far more interesting and useful places to have art than in museums. Banksy

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

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star. Friedrich Nietzsche




Motivational Art Quotes


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

All great art contains at its center contemplation, a dynamic contemplation. Susan Sontag

If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for. Alice Walker

Forget yourself. Become one with eternity. Become part of your environment. Yayoi Kusama

The creative union of the conscious with the unconscious is what one usually calls ‘inspiration’. Leon Trotsky

Feeling and longing are the motive forces behind all human endeavor and human creations. Albert Einstein

What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it. Salvador Dalí

People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings. Salvador Dalí

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

Not everyone is capable of madness; and of those lucky enough to be capable, not many have the courage for it. August Strindberg

Perhaps it’s true that I’m very hard on myself, but that’s better than exhibiting mediocre work… too few were satisfactory enough to trouble the public with. Claude Monet

It is a tragedy that we live in a world where physical courage is so common, and moral courage is so rare. Claude Monet

It is better to have done something than to have been someone. Claude Monet

I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could. Georgia O’Keeffe

The true painter must be able, with the most usual things, to have the most unusual ideas. Salvador Dalí

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau

The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. Julia Cameron

I would like to paint the way a bird sings. Claude Monet

One person’s craziness is another person’s reality. Tim Burton

Art is a step in the known toward the unknown. Kahlil Gibran

Art helps us identify with one another and expands our notion of we – from the local to the global. Olafur Eliasson

Every line is the actual experience with its own unique story. Cy Twombly

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

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. Pablo Picasso

Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies. Erich Fromm

So much time is wasted on trying to be better than others. Elijah Wood

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

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

There is no must in art because art is free. Wassily Kandinsky

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents. Salvador Dalí

The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution! Albert Einstein

The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later. Joan Miro

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

I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things. Henri Matisse

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. Henri Matisse

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. Herman Melville

It is better to paint from memory, for thus your work will be your own. Paul Gauguin

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

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

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. Oscar Wilde

Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite – getting something down. Julia Cameron

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

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

He only moves toward the perfection of his art whose criticism surpasses his achievement. Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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

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

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

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. John Ruskin






Inspirational Art Quotes


I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. Vincent van Gogh

All art, like all love, is rooted in heartache. Alfred Stieglitz

Hatred is a parasite that devours all. One doesn’t build upon hatred, but upon love. Henri Matisse

These landscapes of water and reflection have become an obsession. Claude Monet

I would rather die of passion than of boredom. Emile Zola

We should always remember that sensitiveness and emotion constitute the real content of a work of art. Maurice Ravel

Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you. Chuck Klosterman

Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing so little to be reached as with criticism. Only love can grasp and hold and be just toward them. Rainer Maria Rilke

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. Pablo Picasso

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. Vincent Van Gogh

To labor in the arts for any reason other than love is prostitution. Steven Pressfield (The War Of Art)

It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said. Jackson Pollock

(On how he knows when he’s finished) How do you know when you’re finished making love? Jackson Pollock

When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. Jackson Pollock

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

When you start a painting, it is somewhat outside you. At the conclusion, you seem to move inside the painting. Fernando Botero

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. Marc Chagall

Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love. Claude Monet

Nothing can be accomplished without love. Henri Matisse

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. Paul Cezanne

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

I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint. Frida Kahlo

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist. Rene Magritte

Artwork is a representation of our devotion to life. Agnes Martin

Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art. Neil Gaiman

Without anxiety and illness I should have been like a ship without a rudder. Edvard Munch

Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. Anais Nin

No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love. Edvard Munch

I build a kind of wall between myself and t he model so that I can paint in peace behind it. Otherwise, she might say something that confuses and distracts me. Edvard Munch

Disease, insanity, and death were the angels that attended my cradle, and since then have followed me throughout my life. Edvard Munch

Someone else’s vision will never be as good as your own vision of your self. Live and die with it ’cause in the end it’s all you have. Lose it and you lose yourself and everything else. I should have listened to myself. Georgia O’Keeffe

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. Georgia O’Keeffe

Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind, of preoccupation with the objective, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific research, life would have seemed to me empty. Albert Einstein

The more ignoble I find life, the more strongly I react by contradiction, in humour and in an outburst of liberty and expansion. Joan Miro

New Art Quotes


One must work and dare if one really wants to live. Vincent van Gogh

There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke. Vincent van Gogh

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

Whatever you do in life, if you want to be creative and intelligent, and develop your brain, you must do everything with the awareness that everything, in some way, connects to everything else. Leonardo da Vinci

Life is more important than art; that’s what makes art important. James Baldwin

Everything alters me, but nothing changes me. Salvador Dalí

Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature, understand them thoroughly. Salvador Dalí

In a sense, as we are creative beings, our lives become our work of art. Julia Cameron

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. Eckhart Tolle

I value those artists who embody the expression of their life. Wassily Kandinsky

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. Pablo Picasso

I paint objects as I think them not as I see them. Pablo Picasso

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. Henri Matisse

To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage. Henri Matisse

Creativity is a lot like happiness. It shows up when you’re thinking of something else. Bert Dodson

Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere – you only have to look to see it. Bob Ross
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