Favorite Quotations ~  Art & Artists Artist's Voice

"Art is a jealous mistress, and, if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life, 1860

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Art does not reproduce what we see; rather it makes us see. ~ Paul Klee

When you are an artist, say, a painter, you have this huge white canvas, and you have this unstoppable urge to fill the canvas with color. Red and white and blue. ~ Christo

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. ~ Emilé Zola

The art of art... is simplicity. ~ Walt Whitman

There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and intelligence transform a yellow spot into the sun. ~ Pablo Picasso

Artists are magicians and I definitely think John Lennon was a Wizard. ~ Yoko Ono

The artist appeals to that part of our being which is not dependent on wisdom; to that in us which is a gift and not an acquisition--and therefore, more permanently enduring. He speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty and pain. ~ Joseph Conrad

All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life. ~ M.C. Richards

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. ~ Albert Camus

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in. ~ Amy Lowell

Art is anything you can get away with. ~ Terence Trent D’Arby

How many are silenced, because in order to get to their art they would have to scream? ~ Ann Clark

Art is a harmony parallel with nature. ~ Paul Cézanne

The first mistake of art is to assume that it is serious. ~ Lester Bank

Art is either plagiarism or revolution. ~ Paul Gauguin

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