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“I feel I owe it to myself to paint. An inner drive exists that makes painting a priority
for me.” Mark Threadgold

“I've become aware of the fact that I'm not a kid anymore, and that I'll probably
never do anything bigger than "The Simpson’s".” Matt Groening

“These paintings may be easy to call insignificant by a critic, but they are precious to
the people who bring them into their home.” Thomas Kinkade

“The trouble with flowers is that invariably, when I'm ready to photograph them,
they are not in season.” Anne Geddes

“I like to keep the meanings in my work flowing and open.” Bill Viola

“I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own
taste.” Marcel Duchamp

“The sense of motion in painting and sculpture has long been considered as one of
the primary elements of the composition.” Alexander Calder

“This idea of a talking stick (Pinocchio) becoming a boy, it’s like a metaphor for art,
and it’s the ultimate alchemical transformation.” Jim Dine

“There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it.”
Henry Moore

“I don't like to say I have given my life to art. I prefer to say art has given me my
life.” Frank Stella

"You see what you know!" Frank Stella

“Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Lewis Carroll

“Love is when the desire to be desired takes you so badly that you feel you could die
of it.” Henri Toulouse Lautrec

“You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat.” Renoir

“I tend to like things that already exist.” Jasper Johns

”Ideas either come or they don't come.” Jasper Johns

“I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or form or
anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy,
ecstasy, doom, and so on.” Mark Rothko

“Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you
worry about gravity.” Damien Hirst

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” Michelangelo
“What counts most is finding new ways to get the world down in paint on my own
terms.” Georg Baselitz

“Believe it or not, I can actually draw.” Jean Michel Basquiat

“My breakthrough came very late in life, really only starting when I was fifty years
old. But at that time I felt as though I had the strength for new deeds and ideas.”
Edvard Munch

"Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing." Marc Chagall

“The habit of ignoring Nature is deeply implanted in our times. This attitude reminds
me of people who never look you in the eye; I find them disturbing and always have
to look away.” Marc Chagall

“Changes in societal structure and in art would possess more credibility if they had
their origins in the soul and spirit. If people read the words of the prophets with
closer attention, they would find the keys to life.” Marc Chagall

“My hands were too soft... I had to find some special occupation, some kind of work
that would not force me to turn away from the sky and the stars that would allow me
to discover the meaning of life.” Marc Chagall

“Great art picks up where nature ends.” Marc Chagall

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Picasso

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” Pablo Picasso

“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” Pablo Picasso

“I don't say everything, but I paint everything.” Pablo Picasso

“Nature does many things the way I do, but she hides them!” Pablo Picasso

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the
sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s
web.” Pablo Picasso

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.” Pablo Picasso

“There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others
who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
Pablo Picasso

"Art is a lie that helps us to realize the truth." Pablo Picasso
"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary." Pablo Picasso

"What good are computers? They can only give you answers." Pablo Picasso

“Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either
good or bad.” Salvador Dali

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

“People love mystery, and that is why they love my paintings.” Salvador Dali

“When I paint, the sea roars. The others splash about in the bath.” Salvador Dali

“Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it.” Salvador Dali

“You know the worst thing is freedom. Freedom of any kind is the worst for
creativity.” Salvador Dali

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” Salvador Dali

"Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of
the world." Leonardo da Vinci

"As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death."
Leonardo da Vinci

“Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes
frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor’s of the mind.” Leonardo da Vinci

“A good painter has two main objects to paint, man and the intention of his soul. The
former is easy, the latter hard as he has to represent it by the attitude and
movement of the limbs.” Leonardo da Vinci

“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.” Leonardo da Vinci

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”
Leonardo da Vinci

“The color of the object illuminated partakes of the color of that which illuminates it.”
Leonardo da Vinci

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

“He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.” Leonardo da Vinci
“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

“When you're very young, you suddenly find this marvelous freedom, it's quite
exciting, and you're prepared to do anything.” David Hockney

“It’s all a big game of construction, some with a brush, some with a shovel, some
choose a pen.” Jackson Pollack

“It doesn't matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.”
Jackson Pollack

“On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this
way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.”
Jackson Pollack

“The painting has a life of its own.” Jackson Pollack

“Every good painter paints what he is.” Jackson Pollack

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” Claude Monet

“I can only draw what I see.” Claude Monet

“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Claude Monet

“I know that to paint the sea really well, you need to look at it every hour of every
day in the same place so that you can understand its way in that particular spot and
that is why I am working on the same motifs over and over again, four or six times
even.” Claude Monet

“It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must
dig and delve unceasingly.” Claude Monet

“I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God's help I shall succeed.”
Vincent van Gogh

“An artist needn’t be a clergyman or a churchwarden, but he certainly must have a
warm heart for his fellow men.” Vincent van Gogh

“You can't be at the pole and the equator at the same time. You must choose your
own line, as I hope to do, and it will probably be color.” Vincent van Gogh

“I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic
than to love people.” Vincent van Gogh

“The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.” Vincent van Gogh
“I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels
tenderly.” Vincent van Gogh

"I often think the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day." Vincent
van Gogh

“The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes
come like speech.” Vincent van Gogh

"Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us." Roy Adzak

"Architecture is for the young. If our teenagers don't get architecture -- if they are
not inspired -- we won't have the architecture. . . that we must have if this country
is going to be beautiful." Frank Lloyd Wright

"You can't make an architect. But you can . . . open the doors and windows
toward the light as you see it." Frank Lloyd Wright

"An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision." James McNeil Whistler

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” Auguste Rodin

"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go
nowhere." Carl Sagan

"Art is the signature of civilizations." Beverly Sills

"Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind." Louise

"I just feel that I'm in tune with the right vibrations in the universe when I'm in the
process of working." Louise Nevelson

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Georgia O’Keeffe

"To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage." Georgia O’Keeffe

"Fill a space in a beautiful way" Georgia O’Keeffe

"Still - in a way - nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small - we haven't time - and
to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time." Georgia O’Keeffe

"One day seven years ago I found myself saying to myself -- I can't live where I
want to -- I can't go where I want to go--I can't do what I want to -- I can't even say
what I want to --....I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I
wanted to." Georgia O’Keeffe

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-
things I had no words for." Georgia O’Keeffe
"If I didn't think what I was doing had something to do with enlarging the boundaries
of art, I wouldn't go on doing it." Claus Oldenburg

I do the same thing everyday. I go to work and paint. I try to turn out as many
pictures as I can.” Andy Warhol

“I paint anybody, anybody that asks me.” Andy Warhol

“I always think I don't do the first one good, so I try to do it more.” Andy Warhol

“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”
Andy Warhol

“Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.” Andy Warhol

“Why do people think artists are special? It's just another job.” Andy Warhol

“Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.”
Andy Warhol

“Uh, gee, great.” Andy Warhol

“Happiness is an angel with a serious face.” Amedeo Modigliani

“I am now rich in fruitful ideas and I must produce my work.” Amedeo Modigliani

”What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the
mystery of the instinctive in the human race.” Amedeo Modigliani

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

“My characters have undergone the same process of simplification as the colors. Now
that they have been simplified, they appear more human and alive than if they had
been represented in all their details.” Joan Miro

"Beauty is the purgation of superfluities." Michelangelo

"A man paints with his brains and not with his hands." Michelangelo

"A great sculpture can roll down a hill without breaking." Michelangelo

“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.” Michelangelo

“It grieves me greatly that I cannot recapture my past… I can only offer you my
future, which is short, for I am too old.” Michelangelo

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” Michelangelo

“In America the biggest is the best.” Roy Lichtenstein
“I think we're much smarter than we were. Everybody knows that abstract art can be
art, and most people know that they may not like it, even if they understand there's
another purpose to it.” Roy Lichtenstein

“I'm not really sure what social message my art carries, if any. And I don't really
want it to carry one. I'm not interested in the subject matter to try to teach society
anything, or to try to better our world in any way.” Roy Lichtenstein

“Abstract art places a new world, which on the surface has nothing to do with
'reality,' next to the 'real' world.” Wasilly Kandinsky

“An empty canvas is a living wonder... far lovelier than certain pictures.”
Wasilly Kandinsky

“There is no must in art because art is free.” Wasilly Kandinsky

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” Frida Kahlo

“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know
best.” Frida Kahlo

“The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes
through my head without any other consideration.” Frida Kahlo

“Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.” Henri Matisse

“I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.”
Henri Matisse

“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

“An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts
that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his
own language.” Henri Matisse

"It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.” Henri Matisse

"I would like to recapture that freshness of vision which is characteristic of extreme youth when all
the world is new to it." Henri Matisse

"Work cures everything." Henri Matisse

“The dripping... well, if it happens, it happens; it does not take anything from the
work. The dripping just proves that you were not trying to control the work, but the
work was developing by itself and if it drips, it's a natural part in the
evolution of the work.” Keith Haring

“Red is one of the strongest colors, its blood, it has a power with the eye. That's why
traffic lights are red I guess, and stop signs as well... In fact I use red in all of my
paintings.” Keith Haring
“I think you have to control the materials to an extent, but it's important to let the
materials have a kind of power for themselves; like the natural power of gravity, if
you are painting on a wall, it makes the paint trickle and it drips; there is no reason
to fight that.” Keith Haring

“My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I will draw as much as I can for
as many people as I can for as long as I can. Drawing is still basically the same as it
has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives
through magic.” Keith Haring

“I am going for a level of perfection that is only mine.. Most of the pleasure is in
getting the last little piece perfect.” Chuck Close

“I always thought that one of the reasons why a painter likes especially to have
other painters look at his or her work is the shared experience of having pushed
paint around.” Chuck Close

”I wasn't a good student, I wasn't an athlete, and I think that helped focus me early
in my life.” Chuck Close

“I think a painter looking at a painting sees the image, but they also see how the image
was constructed.” Chuck Close

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

"Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations."
Paul Cezanne

"What is one to think of those fools who tell one that the artist is always subordinate
to nature? Art is a harmony parallel with nature." Paul Cezanne

"When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a
tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art." Paul Cezanne

"Art is literacy of the heart"   Elliot Eisner

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your
attitude. Don't complain." Maya Angelou

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their
inward significance." Aristotle

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

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his
pictures." Henry Ward Beecher

"The function of Art is to disturb. Science reassures."   George Braque
"In whatever one does there must be a relationship between the eye and the
heart." Henri Cartier-Besson

"There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history
books." Charlie Chaplin

"The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of
reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it."
Gustave Courbet

"To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and
commonsense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the
realms of childhood visions and dreams." Giorgio DeChirico

"What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but
their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough."
Eugene Delacroix

"We work not only to produce but to give value to time."      Eugene Delacroix

"Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in
anything." Eugene Delacroix

"The source of genius is imagination alone, the refinement of the senses that sees
what others do not see, or sees them differently." Eugene Delacroix

"When I feel a little confused the only thing to do is to turn back to the study of
nature before launching once again into the subjects closest to heart." Raoul Dufy

"The big artist...keeps an eye on nature and steals her tools."    Thomas Eakins

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."       Albert Einstein

"We live in a beautiful and orderly world, not in a chaos without norms,
even though this is how it sometimes appears." M. C. Escher

"Art is a passion or it is nothing."   Robert Fry

"A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places."   Paul Gardner

"Art is either plagiarism or revolution."   Paul Gaugin

"I shut my eyes in order to see." or "I close my eyes in order to see"     Paul Gaugin
"...the object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same
intensity." Alberto Giacometti

"The essence of drawing is the line exploring space."     Andy Goldsworthy

 "Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she
is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels." Francisco Goya

"No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination."
Edward Hopper

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

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

"I paint in order not to cry."   Paul Klee

"The more horrifying this world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.” Paul Klee

"Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist." Rene Magritte

"Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life."   Henry Miller

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