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"Art is the signature of civilizations."

Beverly Sills

"As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight and the subject-matter has nothing to do with harmony of sound or of color."

James McNeil Whistler

"I have not tried to reproduce nature; I have represented it."

Paul Cézanne

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere."

Carl Sagan

"When you see a fish you don't think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water... If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a pattern or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirit."

Constantin Brancusi

"Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable."

George Bernard Shaw

"...That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things."

Constantin Brancusi

"Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness."

George Jean Nathan

"A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist's world."

Hans Hofmann

"Painting, like music, has nothing to do with the reproduction of nature, nor interpretation of intellectual meanings. Whoever is able to feel the beauty of colors and forms has understood nonobjective painting."

Hilla Rebay

"I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."

Vincent van Gogh

"The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep."

Paul Strand

"Painting is easy for those that do not know how, but very difficult for those that do!"

Edgar Degas

"Color in a picture is like the enthusiasm in life."

Vincent Van Gogh

"Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye - it also includes the inner pictures of the soul."

Edvard Munch

"Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more human world."

André Maurois

"Great art picks up where nature ends."

Marc Chagall

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

Robert Motherwell

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

Henri Matisse

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

Paul Cézanne

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

Pablo Picasso

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

Edgar Degas

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

Oscar Wilde

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


"A painting is good not because it looks like something, but because it feels like something."

Phil Dike

"A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts."

Sir Joshua Reynolds

"The first virtue of a painting is to be a feast for the eyes."


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

Edward Hopper

"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist."

St Fancis of Assisi

"A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them."

Pablo Picasso

"Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art."

Leonardo Da Vinci

"I am an artist - I am here to live out loud."

Emile Zola

"...the object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity."

Alberto Giacometti

"Do not copy nature too much. Art is an abstraction."

Paul Gauguin

"I believe in Michelangelo, Velasquez, and Rembrandt; in the might of design, the mystery of colour, the redemption of all things by Beauty everlasting; and the message of Art that has made these hands blessed."

George Bernard Shaw

"Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense. A hill or tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill or tree. It is lines and colors put together so that they may say something."

Georgia O'Keeffe

"The secret of life is in art."

Oscar Wilde

"Art is the path of the creator to his work."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The many great paintings of the world, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of art. If you don't want the pleasure of art, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul."

Thomas Moore

"The more abstract is form, the more clear and direct its appeal."

Wassily Kandinsky

"Art is the only means by which one soul can truly touch another."

Curtis Verdun

"The abstraction is often the most definite form for the intangible thing in myself that I can clarify in paint."

Georgia O'Keeffe

"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."

Francis Bacon

"Art seems to me to be a state of soul more than anything else."

Marc Chagall

"Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen."

Pablo Picasso

"As the very purpose of art is revisited and understood, we have no reason to question the validity and immense value of Abstract Art."

Curtis Verdun

"There is a logic of colors, and it is with this alone, and not with the logic of the brain, that the painter should conform."

Paul Cézanne

"Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind."

Magdalena Abakanowicz

"Art happens - no hovel is safe from it, no prince can depend on it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about."

James Abbot McNeill Whistler

"All painting, no matter what you are painting, is abstract in that it's got to be organized."

David Hockney

"No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination."

Edward Hopper

"Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God."


"Art does not reproduce the visible; rather it makes it visible."

Norma Jean Harris

"For me a painting is like a story which stimulates the imagination and draws the mind into a place filled with expectation, excitement, wonder and pleasure."

J. P. Hughston

"Seeing is an experience. People, not their eyes, see. There is more to seeing than meets the eyeball."

N. R. Hanson