Here are some famous Quotations about Art…
Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature’s monotony. The sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzying speed. The order which we find in nature, and which is only an effect of art, would at once vanish. Everything would break up in chaos. There would be no seasons, no civilization, no thought, no humanity; even life would give way, and the impotent void would reign everywhere.
No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist.
-Ludwig van Beethoven-
The work of art, just like any fragment of human life considered in its deepest meaning, seems to me devoid of value if it does not offer the hardness, the rigidity, the regularity, the luster on every interior and exterior facet, of the crystal.
It is impossible to give a clear account of the world, but art can teach us to reproduce it –just as the world reproduces itself in the course of its eternal gyrations. The primordial sea indefatigably repeats the same words and casts up the same astonished beings on the same sea-shore.
The aim of art, the aim of a life can only be to increase the sum of freedom and responsibility to be found in every man and in the world. It cannot, under any circumstances, be to reduce or suppress that freedom, even temporarily. No great work has ever been based on hatred and contempt. On the contrary, there is not a single true work of art that has not in the end added to the inner freedom of each person who has known and loved it.
– Albert Camus-
It is either easy or impossible.
A good painter is to paint two main things, men and the working of man’s mind.
An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why.
So wie die Verruecktheit in einem hoeheren Sinn, der Anfang aller Weisheit ist, so ist die Schizophrenie der Anfang aller Kunst, aller Phantasie. (As insanity in a higher sense, is the beginning of all wisdom, so is schizophrenia the beginning of all art, all fantasy.)
Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.
The stone unhewn and cold
Becomes a living mould,
The more the marble wastes
The more the statue grows.
Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.
I paint objects as I think them not as I see them.
-Pablo Picasso –
Often while reading a book one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write; one can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person, as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and colors.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
-Pablo Picasso –
Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
The object of art is to give life a shape. Midsummer Nights Dream
I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
-Vincent Van Gogh-
Bad artists always admire each other’s work. They call it being large-minded and free from prejudice. But a truly great artist cannot conceive of life being shown, or beauty fashioned, under any conditions other than those he has selected.