A number of art related quotes and sayings.


"Painting is self discovery. every good artist paints what he is." Jackson Pollock to Selden Rodman

"First I saw the mountains in the painting; then I saw the painting in the mountains." Chinese Proverb.

"A man paints with his brains and not with his hands." Michelangelo (1475-1564), Italian Renaissance artist.

"Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things." Edgar Degas (1834-1917), French Impressionist artist.

"Painting is very easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do." Edgar Degas.

"Drawing and color are not separate at all; in so far as you paint, you draw. The more color harmonizes, the more exact the drawing becomes. When the color achieves richness, the form attains its fullness also." Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), French Post-Impressionist painter. Quoted by Émile Bernard, L'Occident, July, 1904.

"PAINTING, n: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic." Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), American writer. The Cynic's Word Book, also known as The Devil's Dictionary, 1906.

"Whenever I see a Frans Hals I feel like painting, but when I see a Rembrandt I feel like giving up!" Max Liebermann (1847-1935).

"There is nothing harder to learn than painting and nothing which most people take less trouble about learning. An art school is a place where about three people work with feverish energy and everybody else idles to a degree that I should have conceived unattainable by human nature." G.K.Chesterton (1874-1936), British writer. Autobiography.

"Painting is stronger than I am. It can make me do whatever it wants." Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), . A note written on the back of one of his sketchbooks.

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary." Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), modern Spanish artist.

"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 (1881-1973),

"To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society." Man Ray (1890-1976), modern American photographer, artist. Self Portrait, chapter 6 (1963).

"The painting has a life of its own." Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), American Abstract Expressionist painter.

"Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings." George Tooker (1920-), contemporary American painter.

"I apologize for a painting that needs an explanation." -- Winslow Homer

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