Friday, May 06, 2005

Art Quotes

  What is the use of giving explanations, when all is said and done?  A painter has only one language.  ~Pablo Picasso The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?  ~Pablo Picasso I want to reach that condensation of sensations that constitutes a picture.  ~Henri Matisse, Notes d'un peintre, 1908 Great art is as irrational as great music.  It is mad with its own loveliness.  ~George Jean Nathan, House of Satan Art is the colors and textures of your imagination.  ~Meghan, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999 Art is your personal diary where you may color your thoughts and emotions on a page.  ~Sara, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999 Art is a shadow of what a person is thinking... a small glimpse of what they hold inside.  Little secrets, regrets, joys... every line has its own meaning.  ~Sarah, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999 Art is your emotions flowing in a river of imagination.  ~Devin, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999 Art is an adventure that never seems to end.  ~Jason, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999 Art is pictures straight from the heart.  ~Ben, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999 If Michelangelo had been straight, the Sistine Chapel would have been wallpapered.  ~Robin Tyler Art is the triumph over chaos.  ~John Cheever All great art comes from a sense of outrage.  ~Glenn Close Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life.  ~Jean Paul Richter Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do.  Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom.  ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Orthodoxy One of the best things about paintings is their silence - which prompts reflection and random reverie.  ~Mark Stevens God is really only another artist.  He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat.  He has no real style.  He just goes on trying other things.  ~Pablo Picasso Art hath an enemy called ignorance.  ~Ben Jonson What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.  ~Augustus Saint-Gaudens Art... does not take kindly to facts, is helpless to grapple with theories, and is killed outright by a sermon.  ~Agnes Repplier, Points of View, 1891 Art disturbs, science reassures.  ~Georges Braque, Le Jour et la nuit As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.  ~John Lubbock It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.  ~Loren Eiseley, The Night Country, 1971 Art is spirituality in drag.  ~Jennifer Yane Reflexes and instincts are not pretty.  It is their decoration that initiates art.  ~Martin H. Fischer What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.  ~Willa Cather An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.  ~George Santayana Art is not a thing; it is a way.  ~Elbert Hubbard Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.  ~Lincoln Steffens An artist's career always begins tomorrow.  ~James McNeill Whistler Surely nothing has to listen to so many stupid remarks as a painting in a museum.  ~Edmond & Jules de Goncourt Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.  ~G.K. Chesterton The true painter strives to paint what can only be seen through his world.  ~André Malraux An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.  ~Paul Valéry Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness.  The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.  ~Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark, 1915 A subject that is beautiful in itself gives no suggestion to the artist.  It lacks imperfection.  ~Oscar Wilde An artist cannot talk about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.  ~Jean Cocteau, Newsweek, 16 May 1955 The artist does not see things as they are, but as he is.  ~Alfred Tonnelle A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.  ~Albert Camus For the mystic what is how.  For the craftsman how is what.  For the artist what and how are one.  ~William McElcheran Art is a kind of illness.  ~Giacomo Puccini A great artist is always before his time or behind it.  ~George Moore I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.  ~Claes Oldenburg Science is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon eternal truths.  Art is out of the reach of morals, for her eyes are fixed upon things beautiful and immortal and ever-changing.  To morals belong the lower and less intellectual spheres.  ~Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1891 While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality... true art lies in a reality that is felt.  ~Odilon Redon The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.  ~Aristotle Any great work of art... revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world - the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.  ~Leonard Bernstein, What Makes Opera Grand? Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild.  ~Dante Alighieri, Inferno Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.  ~George Bernard Shaw A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.  ~Michelangelo Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue.  Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid.  ~Jules Feiffer 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.  ~G.K. Chesterton Why should I paint dead fish, onions and beer glasses?  Girls are so much prettier.  ~Marie Laurencin Art is Man's nature.  Nature is god's art.  ~James Bailey Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.  ~John Ruskin Page Information: www.quotegard


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