Art quotes and sayings

Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
Rebecca West

Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.
Roy Adzak

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

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
Leo Tolstoy

All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.
Walter Pater

If you are looking for something to be brave about consider fine arts.
Robert Frost

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Albert Einstein

All art deals with the absurd and aims at the simple. Good art speaks truth, indeed is truth, perhaps the only truth.
Iris Murdoch

Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.
Leonardo Da Vinci

The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it immensely. All art is useless.
Oscar Wilde

Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.
Robert Motherwell

Art is a jealous mistress.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it.
Vladimir Mayakovsky

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it’s dead for you.”
Oscar Wilde

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious, the source of all art and science.
Albert Einstein

Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Art is never finished, only abandoned.
Leonardo da Vinci

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
Paul Gaugin

There is no must in art because art is free.
Wassily Kandinsky

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

All art requires courage.
Anne Tucker

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

All art is but imitation of nature.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
Amy Lowell

Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.
Henry Miller

Life is short, art is long…
Hippocrates

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

A work of art is a world in itself, reflecting senses and emotions of the artist’s world.
Hans Hofmann

Art is not a pastime, but a priesthood.
Jean Cocteau

Art is not a special sauce applied to ordinary cooking; it is the cooking itself if it is good.
W. R. Lethaby

In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
A. N. Whitehead

I do not want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.
Carrie Fisher

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

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

Art is the only thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.
Elizabeth Bowen

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

Art never expresses anything but itself.
Oscar Wilde

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

I rarely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body.
Barbara Hepworth

Art is literacy of the heart
Elliot Eisner

Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.
Marc Chagall

Great art picks up where nature ends.
Marc Chagall

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
Paul Cezanne

Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory.
Oscar Wilde

A man and his art are like a fool and his king.
Corri Alius

Art is the objectification of feeling, and the subjectification of nature.
Susanne K. Langer

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.
Paul Klee

Art is your emotions flowing in a river of imagination.
Devin, Los Cerros

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

Art is the signature of civilizations.
Beverly Sills

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

Art is….a question mark in the minds of those who want to know what’s happening.
Aaron Howard

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

In England, pop art and fine art stand resolutely back to back.
Colin MacInnes

In free society art is not a weapon…Artists are not engineers of the soul.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Art is born in attention. Its midwife is detail.
Julia Cameron

It’s a spot, which I hang on a white wall.
David Bowie

Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist.
Edward Hopper

Art is anything people do with distinction.
Louis Dudek

All art is one and indivisible.
W. O. Mitchell

Art is the sex of the imagination.
George Jean Nathan

Art isn’t paint; it’s love.
Philip Hicken

All art is an attempt to manifest the face of God in life.
Cecil Collins

Life without industry is guilt, and industry without art is brutality.
John Ruskin

No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times.
Martha Graham

Art is a harmony parallel with nature.
Paul Cezanne

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
Tom Stoppard

The lower one’s vitality, the more sensitive one is to great art.
Max Beerbohm

The object of art is to give life a shape.
Jean Anouilh

Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
G. K. Chesterton

Art is like therapy; what comes up is what comes up. It may be dark, but that’s what comes up. You may want to keep some of it in a drawer… but never judge it.
Nick Bantock

The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
Pierre Auguste Renoir

Art is an end in itself; its values are intrinsic.
Daniel Bell

Art is meant to disturb, science reassures.
Georges Braque

Art should be waged like war.
Mark Boyle

To be aristocratic in Art one must avoid polite society.
George Moor

You’re not meant to understand – they’re bloody works of art.
Sonia Lawson

Art speaks the soul of its culture.
Abby Willowroot

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

Art is Man’s nature. Nature is god’s art.
James Bailey

Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don’t know what to say about what I paint, really.
Balthus

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.
Eckhart Tolle

Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul – and you answer.
Star Richés

Art for art’s sake, money for God’s sake.
Simon Raven