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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."

Claus Oldenburg

"The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless."

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

Albert Einstein

"When you start a painting, it is somewhat outside you. At the conclusion, you seem to move inside the painting."

Fernando Botero

"'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."

Richard Diebenkorn

"There is no 'must' in art because art is free."

Wassily Kandinsky

"Abstract art isn't simply a lack of realism, rather it's a heightened depiction of what the subject really is."

Curtis Verdun

"I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music."

Joan Miro

"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."

Judy Betts

"Great art picks up where nature ends."

Marc Chagall

"Fill a space in a beautiful way."

Georgia O'Keeffe

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."

Edgar Degas

"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life."

Pablo Picasso

"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..."

Wassily Kandinsky

"Art is what delineates the technically-correct dancer from the dancer who has skill and passion!"

Curtis Verdun

"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."

Pablo Picasso

"I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me."

Henri Matisse

"All great art is due to the abstraction process."

Curtis Verdun

"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."

William Baziotes

"Art is a passion or it is nothing."

Robert Fry

"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."

Piet Mondrian

"I shut my eyes
in order to see."

Paul Gauguin

"A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places."

Paul Gardner

"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."

Hans Hofman

"If art was defined simply by the ability to draw then my inkjet printer would be a greater artist than Michelangelo."

Curtis Verdun

"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through."

Jackson Pollock

"Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings"

George Tooker

"Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations."

Paul Cézanne

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

Pablo Picasso

"The truly modern artist is aware of abstraction in an emotion of beauty."

Piet Mondrian

"Art is either plagiarism or revolution."

Paul Gauguin

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."

Pablo Picasso

"If we dare to stifle creative expression, we slur the names of all artists and offend their respective works."

Curtis Verdun

"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."

Giorgio DeChirico

"The purpose of art is not a rarified, intellectual distillate - it is life, intensified, brilliant life."

Alain Arias-Misson

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

Marc Chagall

"I paint not by sight but by faith. Faith gives you sight."

Amos Ferguson

"In whatever one does there must be a relationship between the eye and the heart."

Henri Cartier-Besson

"To stifle creative expression is to bind and gag our very souls."

Curtis Verdun

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

Paul Cézanne

"It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God."

Mary Daly

"The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel."

Piet Mondrian

"The goal of abstract art is to communicate the intangible, that which eludes the photograph and normal seeing."

Curtis Verdun

"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."

Roy Adzak

"Art is what defines us, as a civilization and as individuals."

Curtis Verdun

"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."

George Braque

"Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?"

Pablo Picasso

"The function of art is to free the spirit of man and to invigorate and enlarge his vision."

Katherine Dreier

"How boring and insipid the art world would be if we faithfully painted only what we see."

Curtis Verdun