Selected Artist’s Quotes

Art Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art.
      __Constantin Stanislavski

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

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

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

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

An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
      __Jean Cocteau

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

I would rather view a spectacular image of an ordinary scene than an ordinary image of a spectacular scene.
      __Jim Coe

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.
      __Jackson Pollock

The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.
      __Isaac Bashevis Singer

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
      __Claude Monet

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

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

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

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

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
      __Albert Einstein

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
      __Anatole France

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

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
      __Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
      __Ansel Adams

With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
      __Henri Matisse

Once you take yourself too seriously the art will suffer.
      __Maynard James Keenan

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

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
      __Frank Zappa

Insight is the first condition of Art.
      __George Henry Lewes

Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.
      __Claude Debussy

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
      __Orson Welles

In Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.
      __Rabindranath Tagore