Art Quotes

50 Inspiring Art Quotes by Famous Artists

  1. “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” – Francis Bacon
  2. “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso
  3. “I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.” – Vincent van Gogh
  4. “An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he – for some reason – thinks it would be a good idea to give them.” – Andy Warhol
  5. “Creativity takes courage” – Henri Matisse
  6. “The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.” – Frida Kahlo
  7. “I dream my painting and then I paint my dream.” – Vincent Willem van Gogh
  8. “The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.” – William Faulkner
  9. “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” – Pablo Picasso
  10. “Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see.” – Philip Guston
  11. “Every artist was once an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  12. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see” – Henry David Thoreau
  13. “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work” – Émile Zola
  14. “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
  15. “I paint not the things I see but the feelings they evoke in me” – Odilon Redon
  16. “The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” – Pablo Picasso
  17. “The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.” – Jerzy Kosinski
  18. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton
  19. “Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is” – Jackson Pollock
  20. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, art is knowing which ones to keep” – Scott Adams
  21. “I find my days are filled with thinking about art. I’m not sure if that means I should pursue it more seriously, or just enjoy the moments in my mind while they last” – Vincent van Gogh
  22. “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
  23. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso
  24. “Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvellous” – Bill Moyers
  25. “Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” – René Magritte
  26. “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” – Plutarch
  27. “I often think that the night is more alive and more richly coloured than the day.” – Vincent van Gogh
  28. “I never paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” – Frida Kahlo
  29. “Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life” – Oscar Wilde
  30. “The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” – Alberto Giacometti
  31. “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein
  32. “To create one’s own world takes courage” – Georgia O’Keeffe
  33. “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh
  34. “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” – Albert Einstein
  35. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
  36. “The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” – Pablo Picasso
  37. “The only way to become a better artist is to practice and study the works of other artists” – Pablo Picasso
  38. “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp
  39. “A picture is a poem without words.” – Horace
  40. “The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” – Michelangelo
  41. “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” – Paul Cezanne
  42. “The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.” – Augustus Rodin
  1. “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas
  2. “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” – Pablo Picasso
  3. “True art is characterised by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” – Albert Einstein
  4. “He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” – Francis of Assisi
  5. “Art is not freedom from discipline, but disciplined freedom.” – John F. Kennedy
  6. “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle
  7. “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” – Oscar Wilde
  8. “In art as in love, instinct is enough.” – Anatole France