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The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist. - David Hockney

Great art picks up where Nature ends. - Marc Chagall

Art without color would lose much of its purpose. - Andrew Loomis

There is no state of final fulfillment; each change opens new doors and ushers in new possibilities. - Margo Adair

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence. - Henri Matisse

The artist should fear to become the slave of detail. He should strive to express his thought and not the surface of it. - Albert Pinkham Ryder

My whole life has been spent walking by the side of a bottomless chasm, jumping from stone to stone. - Edvard Munch

If it sells, it's art. - Frank Lloyd

Our understanding is correlative to our perception. - Robert Delaunay

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

In the Polaroid, the Polaroid develops as you take it. You see it, and you put it down and I make another and make another. - David Hockney

If you're a painter, you're not alone. There's no way to be alone. - Franz Kline

Every good painter paints what he is. - Jackson Pollock

Beginning with audacity is a very great part of the art of painting. - Winston Churchill

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end. - Ursula le Guin

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

My opinion is that the best thing would be to work on till art lovers feel drawn toward it of their own accord, instead of having to praise or to explain it. - Vincent van Gogh

Be sensitive to your sensitive inner capacities to respond to color. - Nathan Cabot Hale

Art is either plagiarism or revolution. - Paul Gauguin

Oh I kept on, I mean I've always drawn. I mean if you draw you like drawing, it's er, an activity you do all the time actually. - David Hockney

An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them. - Andy Warhol

I rarely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body. - Barbara Hepworth

I made a photograph of a garden in Kyoto , the Zen garden, which is a rectangle. But a photograph taken from any one point will not show, well it shows a rectangle, but not with ninety degree angles. - David Hockney

Color is so much a matter of direct and immediate perception that any discussion of theory needs to be accompanied by experiments with the colors themselves. - Walter Sargent

I hold to the doctrine that with ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. - Thomas Buxton

If there is such a thing as tradition, and I believe there is, it can only exist in the sense of the most profound movements of culture. - Robert Delaunay

You can't express inspiration without skill. - Stephen Nachmanovich

Someone said of Bonnard that he had the rare ability to forget from one day to another what he had done - added the next day's experience to it - like a child following a balloon. - Franz Kline

Halfway through any work, one is often tempted to go off on a tangent. Once you have yielded, you will be tempted to yield again and again... Finally, you would only produce something hybrid. - Barbara Hepworth

Copy nature and you infringe on the work of our Lord. Interpret nature and you are an artist. - Jacques Lipchitz

I'm a bit claustrophobic, I know that now. - David Hockney

The art galleries of Paris contain the finest collection of frames I ever saw. - Humphrey Davy

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block. - Paul Gauguin

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

Clarity will be color, proportion; these proportions are composed of diverse elements, simultaneously involved in an action. - Robert Delaunay

I remember Francis Bacon would say that he felt he was giving art what he thought it previously lacked. I'm only trying to do what I can't do. - Lucian Freud

Never leave a painting mediocre; it's better to take a chance with it. - Guy Corriero

I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.' - Vincent van Gogh

Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite. - Paul Gauguin

Movement is produced by the rapport of odd elements, of the contrasts of colors between themselves which constitutes Reality. - Robert Delaunay

On the other hand, the artist has much to do in the realm of color construction, which is so little explored and so obscure, and hardly dates back any farther than to the beginning of Impressionism. - Robert Delaunay

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent. - David Hockney

Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint. - Robert Delaunay

For me, every man distinguishes himself by his essence his personal movement, as opposed to that which is universal. - Robert Delaunay

From all that I have seen I am more than ever convinced that art must communicate, it must represent, it must describe and express people, their lives and times. - Raphael Soyer

What I didn't know was I was deeply attracted to the big space. - David Hockney

It is not quantity which counts with colors, but choice and organization. - Henri Matisse

You can't do a fine thing without having seen fine examples. - William Morris Hunt

Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties. - Gail Sheehy

This grandiose tragedy that we call modern art. - Salvador Dali

We are enveloped and drenched in the marvelous, but we do not see. - Baudelaire

We grow small trying to be great. - David Hockney

There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad. - Salvador Dali

Creativity does not depend on inherited talent or on environment or upbringing;; it is the function of the ego of every human being. - Silvano Arieti

We are not interested in the unusual, but in the usual seen unusually. - Beaumont Newhall

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 Pollock

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

My work is purely autobiographical.. It is about myself and my surroundings. I work from people that interest me and that I care about, in rooms that I know. - Lucian Freud

Well, in Bradford I could say I was brought up in Bradford and Hollywood. - David Hockney

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

Art happens. No hovel is safe from it, no prince can depend on it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about. - James A. M. Whistler

Anyone who sees and paints a sky green and fields blue ought to be sterilsed. - Adolf Hitler

Anything simple always interests me. - David Hockney

The chief function of color should be to serve expression. - Henri Matisse

When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships. - Andy Warhol

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

Yes, I did, I mean I painted er, in a kind of abstract expressionist way, because of course that was exciting. - David Hockney

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

We cannot express the light in nature because we have not the sun. We can only express the light we have in ourselves. - Arthur Dove

Looking is a gift, but seeing is a power. - Jeff Berner

Nature engenders the science of painting. - Robert Delaunay

Form is the outward expression of inner meaning. - Wassily Kandinsky

But what is of great importance to me is observation of the movement of colors. - Robert Delaunay

I have a hatred of habit and routine. And what dogs love is just that. They like regular everything, and I don't have regular anything. I have a timetable, but no routine. - Lucian Freud

At no point do I wish to be in conflict with any man or masculine thought. It doesn't enter my consciousness. Art is anonymous. It's not competitive with men. It's a complementary contribution. - Barbara Hepworth

Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity! - Paul Gauguin

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

I am very much afraid of definitions, and yet one is almost forced to make them. One must take care, too, not to be inhibited by them. - Robert Delaunay

I must always have a clear image of the form of a work before I begin. Otherwise there is no impulse to create. - Barbara Hepworth

Well you can't teach the poetry, but you can teach the craft. - David Hockney

The objective laws of form and color help to strengthen a person's powers and to expand his creative gift. - Johannes Itten

Cubism is like standing at a certain point on a mountain and looking around. If you go higher, things will look different; if you go lower, again they will look different. It is a point of view. - Jacques Lipchitz

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

In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters. - Paul Gauguin

The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing. - Henry Miller

My works are an imitation of my own past and present. - Barbara Hepworth

Body experience... is the centre of creation. - Barbara Hepworth

The method of painting is the natural growth out of a need. I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them. - Jackson Pollock

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

I don't believe in art, I believe in artists. - Marcel Duchamp

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

Fine works of art never grow old because the one thing that stamps them is feeling. - Eug?ne Delacroix

My hands were too soft. I had to find 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

I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space; quite a different sensation from that of doing it for the purpose of realism. - Barbara Hepworth

Stale water is a poor drink. Stale skill is worse. And the man who walks in his own footsteps only ends where he began. - Lloyd Alexander

Enthusiasm, like the breath of God, transforms everything. - Gail Sher

Talent is long patience. - Gustave Flaubert

For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings. - Joan Miro

Impressionism; it is the birth of Light in painting. - Robert Delaunay

First of all, I always see the sun! The way I want to identify myself and others is with halos here and there halos, movements of color. And that, I believe, is rhythm. - Robert Delaunay

For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art. Without anxiety and illness I should have been like a ship without a rudder. - Edvard Munch

I think Picasso was, without doubt, the greatest portraitist of the 20th century, if not any other century. - David Hockney

Listen to Everyone. Ideas come from everywhere. - Tom Peters

The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing. - Henry Miller

During the 1960s, I think, people forgot what emotions were supposed to be. And I don't think they've ever remembered. - Andy Warhol

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. - Paul Gauguin

I never work with music. I hate background music, always did. I only like music in the foreground, meaning, deliberately listen to it, actually. - David Hockney

Color possesses me. There is no need to seize it. It possesses me. I know. Here is the meaning of the happy moment: color and I are one. I am a painter. - Paul Klee

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special gift. Curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-critique, have brought me my ideas. - Albert Einstein

If Art relates itself to an Object, it becomes descriptive, divisionist, literary. - Robert Delaunay

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

Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die. - Salvador Dali

We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art. - Salvador Dali

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

Human vision is endowed with the greatest Reality, since it comes to us directly from the contemplation of the Universe. - Robert Delaunay

An amateur is someone who supports themselves with outside jobs which enable him to paint. A professional is someone whose spouse works to enable them to paint. - Ben Shahn

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter. - Henri Matisse

Simplicity is the greatest adornment of art. - Albrecht Durer

Most artists work all the time, they do actually, especially good artists, they work all the time, what else is there to do? I mean you do. - David Hockney

Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul. - Edvard Munch

Creative thinking may mean simply the realization that there's no particular virtue in doing things the way they have always been done. - Rudolf Flesch

It is this research into pure painting that is the problem at the present moment. I do not know any painters in Paris who are really searching for this ideal world. - Robert Delaunay

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

It?s all a big game of construction, some with a brush, some with a shovel, some choose a pen. - Jackson Pollock

Imagination is a very precise thing, you know-it is not fantasy; the man who invented the wheel while he was observing another man walking-that is imagination! - Jacques Lipchitz

The final test of a painting, theirs, mine, any other, is: does the painter's emotions come across? - Franz Kline

But, I would always be thinking of how pictures are constructed and colour, how to use it, I mean you're using it for constructing, makes you think about it, the place did as well. - David Hockney

The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting. - Vincent van Gogh

I wished to suggest by means of a simple nude, a certain long-lost barbaric luxury. - Paul Gauguin

There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. - Salvador Dali

Television is becoming a collage - there are so many channels that you move through them making a collage yourself. In that sense, everyone sees something a bit different. - David Hockney

Some of us come on earth seeing -- some of us come on earth seeing color. - Louise Nevelson

Part of what I'm about is seeing how I can paint the same thing differently instead of different things the same way. - Alex Katz

A picture is a work of art, not because it is "modern," nor because it is "ancient," but because it is a sincere expression of human feeling. - John Carlson

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus. - David Hockney

Remember, the work of art lives in the experience, the journey within the process, not in the resulting monument to be presented in a certified art-place. - Eric Booth

Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day. - Winston Churchill

The use of expressive colors is felt to be one of the basic elements of the modern mentality, an historical necessity, beyond choice. - Henri Matisse

Light comes to us by the sensibility. Without visual sensibility there is no light, no movement. - Robert Delaunay

Art teaches nothing except the significance of life. - Henry Miller

There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them. - George Eliot

But slowly I began to use cameras and then think about what it was that was going on. It took me a long time, I mean I actually played with cameras and photography for about 20 years. - David Hockney

The principal mark of genius is not perfection, but originality. - Arthur Koestler

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. - Andy Warhol

Art washes from the soul the dust of every day life. - Pablo Picasso

We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves. - Paul Gauguin

Direct observation of the luminous essence of nature is for me indispensable. - Robert Delaunay

All my life as an artist I have asked myself: What pushes me continually to make sculpture? I have found the answer. art is an action against death. It is a denial of death. - Jacques Lipchitz

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

In this movement of colors I find the essence, which does not arise from a system, or an a priori theory. - Robert Delaunay

Throughout the time in which I am working on a canvas I can feel how I am beginning to love it, with that love which is born of slow comprehension. - Joan Miro

A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light. - David Hockney

The fact is that the creative person is a disciplined craftsman whose "gift" is a reaching out toward his most profound personal potential. - Joseph Zinker

It doesn't matter how badly you paint as long as you don't paint badly like other people. - George Moore

The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real. - Lucian Freud

Great art picks up where Nature ends. - Marc Chagall

Light in Nature creates the movement of colors. - Robert Delaunay

There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite. - Paul Gauguin

The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public. - Paul Gauguin

The flat sound of my wooden clogs on the cobblestones, deep, hollow and powerful, is the note I seek in my painting. - Paul Gauguin

It is terrifying to think of what a commodity art has become. - Audrey Flack

I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means. It is this which has led me to give my painting a character of even greater bareness. - Joan Miro

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light. - Hans Hofmann

I went to art school actually when I was sixteen years old. You could do that then. - David Hockney

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. - Edgar Degas

The meaning of a figurative work of art lies in its abstract organization. - Frederick Gore

To see we must forget the name of the thing we are looking at. - Claude Monet

The nature of anguish is translated into different forms. - Franz Kline

I found one had to do some work every day, even at midnight, because either you're professional or you're not. - Barbara Hepworth

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

And then I went round the corner and there's a Van Gogh portrait, and you just think, well, this is another level. A higher level, actually. I love the Sargent, but it's not the level of Van Gogh. - David Hockney