Art Quotes and Sayings

Simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

Every unique work of art is beautiful; just like when God created all living things, each are of individual designs, individual purposes, but still, all are beautiful.

Submitted by: Ro-Ann S. Nosotros on August 25, 2008

Art is a passion or it is nothing.

Art is what you can get away with.
– Andy Warhol

Art is not a democracy. People don’t get to vote on how it ends.
George R.R. Martin

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
Albert Einstein


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

I shut my eyes in order to see.
– Paul Gauguin

Art is never finished, only abandoned.
Leonardo da Vinci

The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it’s dead for you.
Oscar Wilde

It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God.
– Mary Daly

I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.
– Henri Matisse

Looking is a gift, but seeing is a power.

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
– Michelangelo


The only rule in art is what works.

Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.
– Magdalena Abakanowicz

All art is an imitation of nature.

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

Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
Pablo Picasso

Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.
– Georges Braque

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
– Amy Lowell

There are two ways of disliking art. One is to dislike it. The other is to like it rationally.
Oscar Wilde

The function of art is to free the spirit of man and to invigorate and enlarge his vision.

All art is solitary and the studio is a torture area.
– Alexander Liberman


There is no must in art because art is free.
– Wassily Kandinsky

Art is a technique of communication. The image is the most complete technique of all communication.
– Claes Oldenburg

God is the greatest artist I know.

Submitted by: ereta on April 27, 2011

Nothing is more the child of art than a garden.
– Sir Walter Scott

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

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