Art Quotes Off Twitter

Art Quotes Off Twitter


I enjoy twitter and from it over the last six months, I’ve collected the inspirational art quotes below. I’m sharing the list now as it is beginning to get cumbersomely long; now I’ll start gathering afresh. Thanks to ArtbyScott2010 who I do not know but who contributed many of these! And to find me on twitter click here. Enjoy the following piths, which are presented in no particular order. I agree with most of them except that I think that art does inform, and is a demand. (And incidentally, the piece above I did in a miscellaneous art journal…)

“Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.” -Paul Klee

“Don’t think too much. Let what comes up come up … Art is a lusty thing that splashes about …” John Marin.

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.” -Leonardo Da Vinci

“The modern artist is working with space and time and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.” -Jackson Pollock

“There is no ‘must’ in art because art is free.” -Wassily Kandinsky

“Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life.” -George Tooker

“Art is not so much expressing oneself, as it is discovering oneself.” -Anawanitia

“Painting can illustrate, but cannot inform.” Samuel Johnson

“A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist’s world.”-Hans Hofmann

“The goal of abstract art is to communicate the intangible, that which eludes the photograph and normal seeing.” -Curtis Verdun

“Art is the signature of civilizations.” -Beverly Sills

“A painting is good not because it looks like something, but because it feels like something.” -Phil Dike

“There are no absolutes in art. The words “always” and “never” do not exist.” -Tony van Hasselt

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The artist should be intoxicated with the idea of the thing he wants to express.” ~ Robert Henri

“I found I could say things with colors that I couldn’t say in any other way – things that I had no words for.” -Georgia O’Keeffe

“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.” – Joan Miro

“Do not copy nature too much. Art is an abstraction.” -Paul Gauguin

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

“Art is the only means by which one soul can truly touch another.” -Curtis Verdun

“Art was born as a desire, not as a demand.” -Eliel Saarinen

 “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -W.Disney

“The most fundamental reason one paints is in order to see. -Brett Whiteley

“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.” – Danny Kaye

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

“Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensations.” – Paul Cezanne

“I cry out for order and find it only in art”. -Helen Hayes

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life. -Pablo Picasso

“Abstract art isn’t simply a lack of realism. It’s rather a heightened depiction of what the subject really is.” -Curtis Verdun

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.” -Pablo Picasso

“Art has no beginning or end because it is a continuous journey.” -Brian M. LaSaga

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  1. […] are some quotes by famous artists that are new to me. For more quotes on art on this blog click here. The quotes below came from all sorts of sources. […]

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