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The real artist's work is a surprise to himself. ~ Robert Henri

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands. ~
Leonardo da Vinci

As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life. ~ John Lubbock

Everything you can imagine is real. ~
Pablo Picasso

It's the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. ~ Oscar Wilde

Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. ~ Susan Sontag

A first rate soup is better than a second rate painting.  ~ Abraham Maslow

When I was a kis I drew like Michelangelo. It took me years to learn to draw like a kid. ~
Pablo Picasso

It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet. ~ Kojiro Tomita

As far as I am concerned, a painting speaks for itself. What is the use of giving explanations, when all is said and done? A painter has only one language. ~
Pablo Picasso

Artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. ~ Susan Sontag

Is an artist much more than a beggar? ~
Clara Schumann

There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. ~ Vincent van Gogh

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

Art is a delayed echo. ~ George Santayana

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

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

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

A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies. ~ Aristotle

The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable. ~ Robert Henri

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

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. ~ Anaïs Nin

Art is never finished, only abandoned. ~
Leonardo da Vinci

Great art changes you. ~ Sister Wendy Beckett

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. ~ Stella Adler

We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell. ~
Pablo Picasso

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

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

A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

We have art in order not to die of life. ~ Albert Camus

Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

An artist is his own fault. ~ John O'Hara

Art isn't something you marry, it's something you rape. ~ Egdar Degas

The idea is more important than the object. ~ Damien Hirst

A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.  ~ Marcel Proust

Art can excite, titillate, please, entertain, and sometime shock; but it's ultimate function is to ennoble. ~ Marya Mannes

Great art is cathartic; it is always moral. ~ Joyce Carol Oates

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

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 artists and the bafflement of the public.  ~ Paul Gauguin

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

Art should cause violence to be set aside and it is only art that can accomplish this. ~ Leo Tolstoy

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies. ~ Pablo Picasso

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