Famous Quotations From Well Known Artists - Can You Add to Them?

These famous quotations below are some of my favourites.

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Famous Quotations

Leonardo da Vinci: "Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art."

Salvador Dali: "You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life."

Frida Kahlo: "I drank because I wanted to drown my sorrows, but now the damned things have learned to swim."

Claude Monet: "Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment."

Pablo Picasso: "Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility."

Vincent van Gogh: "The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting."

Brett Whiteley: "The most fundamental reason one paints is in order to see."

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

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

Marc Chagall: "In our life there is a single colour, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the colour of love."

Paul Gauguin: "The flat sound of my wooden clogs on the cobblestones, deep, hollow and powerful, is the note I seek in my painting."

Lucian Freud: "The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real."

David Hockney: "All art is contemporary, if it's alive, and if it's not alive, what's the point of it?"

...more Famous Quotations from renowned artists

Wassily Kandinski: "Abstract art places a new world, which on the surface has nothing to do with 'reality,' next to the 'real' world."

Henri Matisse: "I have always tried to hide my own efforts and wished my works to have the lightness and joyousness of a springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labours it cost."

Michelangelo Buonarroti: "Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish."

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

Edvard Munch: "For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety, which I have tried to express in my art. Without anxiety and illness I should have been like a ship without a rudder."

Jackson Pollock: "The painting has a life of its own."

Rembrandt van Rijn: "Without atmosphere a painting is nothing."

Piet Mondrian: "The emotion of beauty is always obscured by the appearance of the object. Therefore the object must be eliminated from the picture."

Henry Moore: "Discipline in art is a fundamental struggle to understand oneself, as much as to understand what one is drawing."

Pierre Auguste-Renoir: “When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then [the painting] is finished.”

Georges Rouault: "A tree against the sky possesses the same interest, the same character, the same expression as the figure of a human."

Edouard Manet: "There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another."

Robert Delaunay: "In this movement of colors I find the essence, which does not arise from a system, or an a priori theory."

Walter Sickert: "The artist is he who can take something ordinary and wring out of it attar of roses."

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