Art Quotes

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


Philosophy, Philosophical, Creativity

A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.

Eugene Ionesco

Travel, Adventure, Mind

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

Twyla Tharp

Music, Dance, Running

Henry David Thoreau quote: It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

Henry David Thoreau

Inspirational, Motivational, Positive

Art is the highest form of hope.

Gerhard Richter

Form, Art Is, Highest

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.

George Bernard Shaw

Beauty, Beautiful, Glasses

The object of Art is to give life a shape.

William Shakespeare

Life, Giving, Shapes

It doesn’t have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful.

Duane Hanson

Meaningful, Prettiness, Sculptors

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein

Inspirational, Positive, Leadership

I remember Francis Bacon would say that he felt he was giving art what he thought it previously lacked. With me, it’s what Yeats called the fascination with what’s difficult. I’m only trying to do what I can’t do.

Lucian Freud

Giving, Trying, Fascination

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Thomas Merton

Fools Day, Finding Yourself, April Fools

A picture is a poem without words


Inspirational, Life, Writing

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

Kurt Vonnegut

Practice, Soul, Follow Your Dreams

The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.

Alberto Giacometti

Inspirational, Motivational, Photography

Michelangelo quote: I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.


Life, Creativity, Angel

Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.


Comfort, Should, Disturbed

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

Emile Zola

Inspirational, Life, Motivational

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

Inspiring, Flower, Color

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

Leonardo da Vinci

Mislead Us, Design, Abandoned Buildings

Art is the signature of civilizations.

Beverly Sills

Inspirational, Acceptance, Civilization

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.

Henri Matisse

Positive, Beautiful, Attitude

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent Van Gogh

Inspirational, Motivational, Positive

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

Stella Adler

Life, Music, Crush

An art which isn’t based on feeling isn’t an art at all… feeling is the principle, the beginning and the end; craft, objective, technique – all these are in the middle.

Paul Cezanne

Feelings, Technique, Principles