Art Quotations


Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature's monotony. The sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzying speed. The order which we find in nature, and which is only an effect of art, would at once vanish. Everything would break up in chaos. There would be no seasons, no civilization, no thought, no humanity; even life would give way, and the impotent void would reign everywhere.
--Guillaume Apollinaire


Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb.
--Jean Arp


The first mistake of Art is to assume that it's serious.
--Lester Bangs


The work of art, just like any fragment of human life considered in its deepest meaning, seems to me devoid of value if it does not offer the hardness, the rigidity, the regularity, the luster on every interior and exterior facet, of the crystal.
--André Breton


When I am finishing a picture I hold some God-made object up to it -- a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand -- as a kind of final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's a clash between the two, it is bad art.
--Marc Chagall


In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelangelo starts to tremble. El Greco starts to tremble. All the Impressionists start to tremble.
--Willem de Kooning


Art is the most passionate orgy within man's grasp.
--Jean Dubuffet


Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
--Paul Gauguin


Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.
--Paul Klee


There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.
--Henri Matisse


Wherever art appears, life disappears.
--Francis Picabia


We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.
--Pablo Picasso


Through art we express our conception of what nature is not.
--Pablo Picasso


Art is too serious to be taken seriously.
--Ad Reinhardt


It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to. . . . The feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.
--Vincent Van Gogh


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