Some Quotes by Famous Artists

Some Quotes by Famous Artists


Here 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. Enjoy!

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

“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” ~Michelangelo

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

“Color in a picture is like the enthusiasm in life.” -Vincent Van Gogh

“One’s art goes as far & as deep as one’s love goes.” Andrew Wyeth

“I shut my eyes in order to see.” ~ Paul Gauguin

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

“I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.”~ Vincent Van Gogh

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? “~ Vincent Van Gogh

“The worst state of affairs is when science begins to concern itself with art.”~Paul Klee

“…the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.” ~ Auguste Rodin

“Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.” -Picasso

“It is better to paint from memory, for thus your work will be your own…” -Paul Gauguin

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

“The frame is the reward for the artist.” Edgar Degas

“There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.” -Georges Braque

“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” -Paul Gauguin

“I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.’” -Vincent Van Gogh

“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.”—Jackson Pollock

“The truly modern artist is aware of abstraction in an emotion of beauty.” -Piet Mondrian

“I applied streaks and blobs of colours onto the canvas with a palette knife and I made them sing with all the intensity I could.” -W. Kandinsky

“The final test of a painting, theirs, mine, any other, is: do the painter’s emotions come across?” -Franz Kline


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