Quotes about art collected by Martin A. Wilke

"I don't want my work to be an exposure of my feelings."
- Painter Jasper Johns

"There are moments when art almost attains the dignity of manual labor."
- Writer Oscar Wilde

"Art is what you can get away with."
- Marshall McLuhan

"The world today doesn't make any sense, so why should I paint pictures that make sense?"
- Pablo Picasso, Painter

"Art is a shipwreck. It's every man for himself."
- Marcel Duchamp

"Only what can be seen there is there."
- Frank Stella, Painter

"I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster and it leaves less room for lies."
- Le Corbusier

"Life isn't a support system for art. It's the other way around."
- Writer Stephen King

"God is really only an artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things."
- Pablo Picasso

"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it."
- Musician Frank Zappa

"Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with advantage of permanence."
- Painter Henri Matisse

"As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance."
- Calvin and Hobbes

"A work of art is a trace of a magnificent struggle."
- Painter and art teacher Robert Henri

"Art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the confused."
- Al Capp

"It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about this job. It releases the tension needed for his work."
- Sculptor Henry Moore

"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist."
- Oscar Wilde

"It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man."
- Loren Eisley, The Night Country, 1971

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
- Andrew Wyeth

"There is no retirement for the artist. It's your way of living so there's no end to it."
- Bono

"Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it."
- Salvador Dali

"An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, on his own terms, not on anyone else's."
- Writer J.D. Salinger

"A line is a dot that went for a walk."
- Painter Paul Klee

"All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw."
- Street artist "Banksy"

"The objective isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state in which making art is inevitable."
- Painter and art teacher Rober Henri

"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It's either good or bad."
- Painter Salvador Dali

"If you really want to hurt your parents and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is to go into the arts."
- Writer Kurt Vonnegut

"Art is the proper task of life."
- Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

"What I give form to in daylight is only one percent of what I see in the darkness."
- M.C. Escher

"I see no reason for recording the obvious."
- Photographer Edward Weston

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