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"An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision."
James McNeil Whistler
"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks."
"Art is a technique of communication. The image is the most complete technique of all communication."
"The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
"When you start a painting, it is somewhat outside you. At the conclusion, you seem to move inside the painting."
"'Abstract' literally means to draw from or separate. In this sense every artist is abstract... a realistic or nonobjective approach makes no difference. The result is what counts."
"There is no 'must' in art because art is free."
"Abstract art isn't simply a lack of realism, rather it's a heightened depiction of what the subject really is."
"I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music."
"If you work with abstract painting for a period of time, you may come to think of it as a melody, a song, a piece of beautiful music."
"Great art picks up where nature ends."
"Fill a space in a beautiful way."
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life."
"I applied streaks and blobs of colours onto the canvas with a palette knife and I made them sing with all the intensity I could..."
"Art is what delineates the technically-correct dancer from the dancer who has skill and passion!"
"If apple is the language of the future, then art must be the core."
Elliot W. Eisner
"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."
"I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me."
"All great art is due to the abstraction process."
"A man paints with his brains and not with his hands."
"Each painting has its own way of evolving. When the painting is finished, the subject reveals itself."
"Art is a passion or it is nothing."
"All painting - the painting of the past as well as of the present - shows us that its essential plastic means were only line and color."
"I shut my eyes in order to see."
"A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places."
"Art is to me the glorification of the human spirit, and as such it is the cultural documentation of the time in which it is produced."
"If art was defined simply by the ability to draw then my inkjet printer would be a greater artist than Michelangelo."
"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through."
"Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings"
"Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations."
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
"The truly modern artist is aware of abstraction in an emotion of beauty."
"Art is either plagiarism or revolution."
"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."
"If we dare to stifle creative expression, we slur the names of all artists and offend their respective works."
"To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and commonsense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams."
"The purpose of art is not a rarified, intellectual distillate - it is life, intensified, brilliant life."
"Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing."
"I paint not by sight but by faith. Faith gives you sight."
"In whatever one does there must be a relationship between the eye and the heart."
"To stifle creative expression is to bind and gag our very souls."
"A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art."
"It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God."
"The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel."
"The goal of abstract art is to communicate the intangible, that which eludes the photograph and normal seeing."
"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."
Henry Ward Beecher
"Living with and studying good paintings offers greater interest, variety and satisfaction than any other pleasure known to man."
Dr. Albert C. Barnes
"Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us."
"Art is what defines us, as a civilization and as individuals."
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."
"The function of Art is to disturb. Science reassures."
"Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?"
"The function of art is to free the spirit of man and to invigorate and enlarge his vision."
"How boring and insipid the art world would be if we faithfully painted only what we see."