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What is art? Here's the answers

The age old question provokes insightful answers, here are some of the masters responses to this predicament....

  1. “If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Edward Hopper

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

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

  4. “The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” Piet Mondrian

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

  6. “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” Francis Bacon

  7. “The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” Auguste Rodin

  8. “It is important to express oneself...provided the feelings are real and are taken from you own experience.” Berthe Morisot

  9. “Every good painter paints what he is.” Jackson Pollock

  10. “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas

  11. “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” Georgia O’Keeffe

  12. “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

  13. “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

  14. “A Good artist has less time than ideas.” Martin Kippenberger

  15. “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” Andy Warhol

  16. “I paint for myself. I don't know how to do anything else, anyway. Also I have to earn my living, and occupy myself.” Francis Bacon

  17. “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” Paul Cezanne

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

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

  20. “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.” Michelangelo

  21. “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp

  22. “An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” Charles Horton Cooley

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

  24. “An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.” Paul Valéry

  25. “Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” Stella Adler

  26. “To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.” Schumann

  27. “I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.'” Vincent Van Gogh

  28. “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Leonardo da Vinci

  29. “Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.” Pablo Picasso

  30. “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free” Michelangelo

  31. “An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” James McNeill Whistler

  32. “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh

  33. “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams

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

  35. “Inspiration does exist but it must find you working.” Pablo Picasso

  36. “It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

  37. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” Dr Suess

  38. “If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle.” Albrecht Durer

  39. “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Pablo Picasso

  40. “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” Kurt Vonnegut

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

  42. “Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.” Andy Warhol

  43. “The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” Robert Hughes

  44. "If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” Émile Zola

  45. "As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward." Vincent van Gogh

  46. “Do not fear mistakes - there are none.” Miles David

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

  48. "If you always do what you always did - you'll always get what you always got." Unknown

  49. “I invent nothing, I rediscover.” Auguste Rodin

  50. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” Vincent van Gogh


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