Art Quotes

Since the dawn of time, humans have been making and admiring art. These art quotations are a celebration of art’s beauty and ingenuity.

Art has the ability to capture a moment in time and stir up our emotions, whether it’s an old cave painting, the work of the legendary Old Masters of the Renaissance, or the cutting edge of Modern Art.

So take a look at these famous painters’ art quotations and be inspired to make the world a more beautiful place today.

80+ Art Quotes to Encourage Creativity

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

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

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


Everything you can imagine is real.― Pablo Picasso

Everything you can imagine is real.― Pablo Picasso

Art is a way of recognizing oneself.–Louise Bourgeois


…and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?__Vincent Van Gogh


Every artist was first an amateur.___Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every artist was first an amateur.___Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be an artist is to believe in life.___Henry Moore


Art is coming face to face with yourself. – Jackson Pollock

Art is coming face to face with yourself. – Jackson Pollock

Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.― Rainbow Rowell


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

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

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


Art is never finished, only abandoned.___Leonardo da Vinci

Art is never finished, only abandoned.___Leonardo da Vinci

Art is to console those who are broken by life.__Vincent Van Gogh


Art is what you can get away with. – Andy Warhol

Art is what you can get away with. – Andy Warhol

Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.___Banksy

Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.___Banksy

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.__Pablo Picasso

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.__Pablo Picasso

Quotes about Art

The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.___Paul Cézanne

The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.___Paul Cézanne

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

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

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.― 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

One eye sees, the other feels.__Paul Klee


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

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

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


Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.― Clive Barker

Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.― Clive Barker

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


A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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

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

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


Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.___Claude Monet

Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.___Claude Monet

I paint flowers so they will not die.___Frida Kahlo


What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.― Karl Lagerfeld

What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.― Karl Lagerfeld

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

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

Creativity takes courage.___Henri Matisse


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

We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents.― Bob Ross

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


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

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

Art is not a thing, it is a way. – Elbert Hubbard


Creativity takes courage. ― Henri Matisse


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


A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.__Paul Cézanne


If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.― John Lennon


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


I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.__Frida Kahlo


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


A true masterpiece does not tell everything. – Albert Camus


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


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


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


To draw you must close your eyes and sing.___Pablo Picasso


He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that’s what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.― Hannah Harrington


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


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


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


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


Art deteriorates when it is done for the audience.___James Pierce


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


The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke. – Jerzy Kosiński


And now, I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.― Lady Gaga


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


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


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


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


From Artists

Art is a line around your thoughts. – Gustav Klimt


I shut my eyes in order to see.___Paul Gauguin


I must have flowers, always, and always.__Claude Monet


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


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


Obsessive people make great art. – Susan Sontag


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Art is meant to disturb, science reassures.__Georges Braque


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


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


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


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


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