Art Quotes

There is no must in art because art is free.

Wassily Kandinsky

Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.

Ambrose Bierce

Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake.

E. M. Forster

Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors?

Edith Wharton

Art is art. Everything else is everything else.

Ad Reinhardt

Art is coming face to face with yourself. That's what's wrong with Benton. He came face to face with Michelangelo-- and he lost

Jackson Pollock

Painting is the most beautiful of all arts. In it, all sensations are condensed; contemplating it, everyone can create a story at the will of his imagination and.. with a single glance.. have his soul invaded by the most profound recollections; no effort of memory, everything is summed up in one instant. A complete art which sums up all the others and completes them.

Paul Gauguin

Art is not a pleasure, a solace, or an amusement; art is great matter. Art is an organ of human life, transmitting man's reasonable perception into feeling. In our age the common religious perception of men is the consciousness of the brotherhood of man-we know that the well-being of man lies in the union with his fellow men. True science should indicate the various methods of applying this consciousness to life. Art should transform this perception into feeling. The task of art is enormous. Through the influence of real art, aided by science, guided by religion, that peaceful co-operation of man is now obtained by external means-by law courts, police, charitable institutions, factory inspection, etc.-should be obtained by man's free and joyous activity. Art should cause violence to be set aside. And it is only art that can accomplish this.

Leo N. Tolstoy

Art-speech is the only truth. An artist is usually a damned liar, but his art, if it be art, will tell you the truth of his day. And that is all that matters. Away with eternal truth.

D.H. Lawrence

Necessity is stronger far than art.

Aeschylus

Necessity is stronger far than art.

Aeschylus

The works of art, by being publicly exhibited and offered for sale, are becoming articles of trade, following as such the unreasoning laws of markets and fashion; and public and even private patronage is swayed by their tyrannical influence.

Albert, Prince Consort

Value of each man depends upon the art and skill which he has attained.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

This art is worth more than ten thousand staters, that one should choose the worse cause, and nevertheless be victorious.

Aristophanes

Geometry is to the plastic arts what grammar is to the art of the writer.

Guillaume Apollinaire

The supreme black literary artist to date.

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

He felt that there is a loose balance of good and evil, and that the art of living consists in getting the greatest good out of the greatest evil.

Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

What is Art, monsieur, but Nature concentrated?

Honor de Balzac

The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone.

James Baldwin

One writes out of one thing only one's own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art.

James Baldwin

Necessity is stronger far than art.

Aeschylus

People can't put on an opera, but they can write a poem. It's accessible art.

Simon Armitage

California's like an artificial limb the rest of the country doesn't really need. You can quote me.

Saul Bellow

What is art but a way of seeing?

Saul Bellow

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Updated On : April 17, 2014
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