350+ Art Quotes to ignite the artist in you

Creative activity that expresses technical or imaginative skill is Art. It produces a product, an object. Art is a wide range of human activities in the creation of visual, executive artefacts and expressions of the author’s imaginative mind. Some works of art are useful in a practical sense, such as a sculpted clay bowl that can be used. This type of art is sometimes called a craft. Those who make art are called artists. They hope to influence the emotions of the people who experience it. Some people find art relaxing, exciting, or instructive. Some say that people are driven to make art because of their inner creativity. We present you some interesting art quotes to ignite the artist in you.

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350+ Art Quotes to ignite the artist in you

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

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. — Vincent Van Gogh

The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person. — Abraham Lincoln

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. — Aristotle

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. — Oscar Wilde

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

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. — Oscar Wilde

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

Every artist was first an amateur. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life. — Oscar Wilde

A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. — Albert Camus

This world is but a canvas to our imagination. — Henry David Thoreau

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

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed. — Khalil Gibran

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

A picture is worth a thousand words. — Napoleon Bonaparte

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it. — Anais Nin

350+ Art Quotes to ignite the artist in you

Pictures must not be too picturesque. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. — Twyla Tharp

An artist is always alone – if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness. — Henry Miller

We have art in order not to die of the truth. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Art is the proper task of life. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. — George Bernard Shaw

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad. — Salvador Dali

Art is not a thing it is a way. — Elbert Hubbard

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

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. — Jonathan Swift

A picture is a poem without words. — Horace

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Without freedom, no art art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. — Albert Camus

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – it is a process of elimination. — Elbert Hubbard

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

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

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. — Michelangelo

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have. — Andy Warhol

The beginning is the most important part of the work. — Plato

A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires. — Hedy Lamarr

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

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

350+ Art Quotes to ignite the artist in you

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

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic. — Ambrose Bierce

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

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

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure. — Dale Carnegie

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

The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun. — Pablo Picasso

In art as in love, instinct is enough. — Anatole France

Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art. — Miguel Angel Ruiz

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. — Gilbert K. Chesterton

In art the best is good enough. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. — Gilbert K. Chesterton

The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it. — Carl Rogers

I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning. — Andy Warhol

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

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century. — Marshall McLuhan

All art is but imitation of nature. — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it. — Paul Valery

I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good. — Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. — Michelangelo

350+ Art Quotes to ignite the artist in you

Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth. — John Ruskin

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. — Ambrose Bierce

Even a true artist does not always produce art. — Carroll O’Connor

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

If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye. — Honore de Balzac

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. — Dorothea Lange

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can’t eat it. — Leo Tolstoy

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality. — Salvador Dali

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears. — Gertrude Stein

I cry out for order and find it only in art. — Helen Hayes

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Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together. — John Ruskin

Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame. — Gilbert K. Chesterton

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. — Walt Whitman

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. — Ansel Adams

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul. — W. Somerset Maugham

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept. — Ansel Adams

The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress. — Hendrik Willem Van Loon

Art is man’s expression of his joy in labor. — Henry A. Kissinger

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse. — Francis Bacon

A great artist is always before his time or behind it. — George Edward Moore

Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything. — Gustave Flaubert

350+ Art Quotes to ignite the artist in you

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. — Oliver Wendell Holmes

Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered. — Al Capp

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

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art. — Paul Cezanne

Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first. — Arthur Schopenhauer

I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. — Jackson Pollock

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time. — Jean Cocteau

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The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture. — Salvador Dali

Art for art’s sake is a philosophy of the well-fed. — Frank Lloyd Wright

Every good painter paints what he is. — Jackson Pollock

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

The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment. — David Herbert Lawrence

So vast is art, so narrow human wit. — Alexander Pope

To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art men can only make us feel small in the wrong way. — E. M. Forster

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. — Isaac Bashevis Singer

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle. — Michelangelo

Art begins with resistance – at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor. — Andre Gide

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. — Henri Cartier-Bresson

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art. — Harry S. Truman

The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts. — Henry Miller

Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century. — Marshall McLuhan

350+ Art Quotes to ignite the artist in you

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art. — Clara Schumann

Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don’t believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art’s sake. — E. M. Forster

What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit. — John Updike

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist. — Robert Schumann

Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them. — William Wordsworth

I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good. — Barbra Streisand

Art is science made clear. — Wilson Mizner

Rules and models destroy genius and art. — William Hazlitt

Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal. — Lionel Trilling

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time. — John Berger

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth. — Theodor Adorno

All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography. — Federico Fellini

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order. — Theodor Adorno

Things are beautiful if you love them. — Jean Anouilh

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

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you’re an artist. — David Hockney

Art is the right hand of Nature. The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men. — Friedrich Schiller

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

Art is either plagiarism or revolution. — Paul Gauguin

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal. — Igor Stravinsky

The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist. — Novalis

350+ Art Quotes to ignite the artist in you

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds. — Henry Moore

Art is the daughter of freedom. — Friedrich Schiller

Every artist writes his own autobiography. — Havelock Ellis

Great art picks up where nature ends. — Marc Chagall

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God. — Robert Mapplethorpe

The perfection of art is to conceal art. — Quintilian

My painting does not come from the easel. — Jackson Pollock

Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos. — Stephen Sondheim

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence. — Henri Matisse

Art is a revolt against fate. All art is a revolt against man’s fate. — Andre Malraux

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail. — Theodore Dreiser

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I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing. — Francis Ford Coppola

Time extracts various values from a painter’s work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is. — Henri Matisse

Wherever art appears, life disappears. — Robert Motherwell

I’ve never really had a hobby, unless you count art, which the IRS once told me I had to declare as a hobby since I hadn’t made money with it. — Laurie Anderson

An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs. — Edgard Varese

The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor. — Paul Getty

The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box. — Henri Cartier-Bresson

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me. — Roy Lichtenstein

I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need. — Auguste Rodin

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture. — Arthur Erickson

350+ Art Quotes to ignite the artist in you

The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above. — Cyril Connolly

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product. — Edward Steichen

To make pictures big is to make them more powerful. — Robert Mapplethorpe

My hand is the extension of the thinking process – the creative process. — Tadao Ando

That’s the motivation of an artist – to seek attention of some kind. — James Taylor

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

Art hurts. Art urges voyages – and it is easier to stay at home. — Gwendolyn Brooks

I think about my work every minute of the day. — Jeff Koons

Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture. — Arthur Erickson

By the work one knows the workman. — Jean de La Fontaine

Art doesn’t transform. It just plain forms. — Roy Lichtenstein

My love of fine art increased – the more of it I saw, the more of it I wanted to see. — Paul Getty

Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist. — Franz Liszt

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

Artists don’t make objects. Artists make mythologies. — Anish Kapoor

The principle of art is to pause, not bypass. — Jerzy Kosinski

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers – and never succeeding. — Gian Carlo Menotti

The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don’t dare reveal. — Elia Kazan

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

Trying to force creativity is never good. — Sarah McLachlan

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued. — Jean Rostand

350+ Art Quotes to ignite the artist in you

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

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

Vision is the true creative rhythm. — Robert Delaunay

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language. — Theodore Bikel

The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art’s audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public. — Paul Gauguin

In an artwork you’re always looking for artistic decisions, so an ashtray is perfect. An ashtray has got life and death. — Damien Hirst

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers… What we call art is a game. — Octavio Paz

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

I think an artist’s responsibility is more complex than people realize. — Jodie Foster

Painting is by nature a luminous language. — Robert Delaunay

A painting that is well composed is half finished. — Pierre Bonnard

Artists themselves are not confined, but their output is. — Robert Smithson

When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration. — Edward Steichen

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art. — Arne Jacobsen

Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul. — Louis Kahn

Light in Nature creates the movement of colors. — Robert Delaunay

Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint. — Robert Delaunay

Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums. — Peter De Vries

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

Photography is a major force in explaining man to man. — Edward Steichen

The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract. — Ellen Key


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