101 Inspirational Art Quotes

101 Inspirational Art Quotes

Becky Joy

Brighten You Day with Inspirational Art Quotes

  1. The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle2
  2. Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher1
  3. The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” – Robert Henri 
  4. “Like emotions, colours are a reflection of life.” – Janice Glennaway
  5. “Painting is by nature a luminous language.” – Robert Delaunay
  6. “If you could say it in words, there’d be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper
  7. “Design is like gravity – the force that holds it all together.” – E A Whitney
  8. “When you start a painting, it is somewhat outside you. At the conclusion, you seem to move inside the painting.” – Fernando Botero
  9. “How painting surpasses all human works by reason of the subtle possibilities which it contains.” – Leonado da Vinci 1452 – 1519
  10. “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” – Pablo Picasso
  11. “As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.” – Vincent van Gogh 1853 – 1890
  12. “Life is like a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can”.– unknown
  13. “A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places.” – Paul Gardner
  14. “Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.”  – Aristotle
  15. “Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.” – G. K. Chesterton
  16. ‘”Without art the view of the world would be incomplete.” – Conrad Fiedler
  17. “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – unknown
  18. “No amount of skilful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.” – Edward Hopper
  19. Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher
  20. “Art is a language that can transcend words. It can convey some of the non-verbal consciousness of the artist to the viewer.” – Ron Gang
  21. “My art is what I do and how I live. I paint the things around me, the things I know and feel comfortable with.” – Dion Archibald
  22. “There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.” –  Salvador Dali
  23. “The artist never entirely knows — We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark”Agnes de Mille
  24. Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” – John W. Gardner 
  25. Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso
  26. If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” – Émile Zola
  27. I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” – Vincent van Gogh
  28. Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse
  29. Do whatever you do intensely.” – Robert Henri.
  30. “To make art is to sing with the human voice. To do this you must first learn that the only voice you need is the voice you already have.” – David Bayles, Ted Orland –Art and Fear, 1993
  31. The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” – Robert Henri 
  32. I invent nothing, I rediscover.” Auguste Rodin 
  33. “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” – Albert Einstein
  34. “A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.” – Oscar Wilde
  35. “The earth has music for those who listen.”  – William Shakespeare
  36. “An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” – Charles Horton Cooley
  37. “The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” – Walt Whitman
  38. “What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” – John Updike
  39. “The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.” – Novalis
  40. “I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.” – Henri Matisse
  41. “The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” – Jerzy Kosinski
  42. “To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there’s no such thing as perfect.” – Alexander Calder
  43. “Artists don’t make objects. Artists make mythologies.” – Anish Kapoor
  44. “My love of fine art increased – the more of it I saw, the more of it I wanted to see.” – Paul Getty
  45. “I think about my work every minute of the day.” – Jeff Koons
  46. “Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.” – Arthur Erickson
  47. “When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others, to bring them into the process.” – Jim Hodges
  48. “Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  49. “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” – Paul Cezanne
  50. Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.” – Paul Klee
  51. Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso
  52. “Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.” – Mason Cooley
  53. “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas
  54. “Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.” – Pablo Picasso
  55. “People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.” – Claude Monet
  56. “Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” – Leo Tolstoy
  57. “Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.” – Harvey Fierstein
  58. “The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.” – Paul Cezanne
  59. “Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.” – Edward Hopper
  60. “Life is short, the art long.” – Hippocrates
  61. “Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can’t articulate.” – Mos Def
  62. “One’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes.” – Andrew Wyeth
  63. “Discipline in art is a fundamental struggle to understand oneself, as much as to understand what one is drawing.” – Henry Moore
  64. “Fine art is knowledge made visible.” – Gustave Courbet
  65. “Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.”  Elbert Hubbard
  66. “Art is a harmony parallel with nature.” – Paul Cezanne
  67. “Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.:  Margot Fonteyn
  68. “All I tell artists is, ‘Do what you love. Never let anybody talk you into changing what your musical idea is just to try to get a hit, because you’re chasing your tail that way. It’s not going to happen, and if you’re successful, you have to do it the rest of your life. Stay true to it and do it for the sake of the art.” – Gloria Estefan
  69. “Art is nothing but the expression of our dream; the more we surrender to it the closer we get to the inner truth of things, our dream-life, the true life that scorns questions and does not see them.” – Franz Marc
  70. “Art is the objectification of feeling.”  Herman Melville
  71. “Art is an investigation.” – Twyla Tharp
  72. No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” Oscar Wilde 
  73. Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”Stella Adler 
  74. The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.” Vincent Van Gogh 
  75. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau 
  76. There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” Pablo Picasso 
  77. “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  78. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams 
  79. The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion; it is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion.”  – Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  80. Art is the process of relationship. Through art we create and share ourselves.” –  Destiny Allison
  81. The arts especially address the idea of aesthetic experience. An aesthetic experience is one in which your senses are operating at their peak; when you’re present in the current moment; when you’re resonating with the excitement of this thing that you’re experiencing; when you are fully alive.”  Ken Robinson
  82. “To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts — such is the duty of the artist.” – Schumann
  83. “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” – Edgar Degas
  84. “Anyone who says you can’t see a thought simply doesn’t know art.” – Wynetka Ann Reynolds
  85. “What art offers is space — a certain breathing room for the spirit.” – John Updike
  86. “One of the best things about paintings is their silence — which prompts reflection and random reverie.” – Mark Stevens
  87. “Art is not a thing; it is a way.” – Elbert Hubbard
  88. “The true painter strives to paint what can only be seen through his world.” – André Malraux
  89. “Art is the struggle to understand.” – Terri Guillemets
  90. “For the mystic what is how. For the craftsman how is what. For the artist what and how are one.” – William McElcheran
  91. “While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality… true art lies in a reality that is felt.” – Odilon Redon
  92. “Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.” – Terri Guillemets
  93. “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle
  94. “A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” – Michelangelo
  95. “Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” – John Ruskin
  96. ” Art is a jealous mistress.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  97. “There is no surer way of evading the world than by Art; and no surer way of uniting with it than by Art.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  98. “That art is best which suggests most” – Austin O’Malley
  99. “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” – Pablo Picasso
  100. No masterpiece was created by a lazy artist.” – Salvador Dali
  101. “Have no fear of perfection.” – Salvador Dali

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