Art Aphorisms

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“Art is a collaboration between man and God, and the less man does, the better it is.”

André Gide

“Some artists have a way of living and a way to make art, for me there is only one.”

Janis Joplin

“Art is the only work suitable for those who are not long with others and also want to be special.”

Alasdair Gray

“Art seems to me to be a mood.”

Marc Chagall

“Art always wants visible unreality.”

Jorge Luis Borges

“I do not think about art when I work. I try to think about life.”

Jean-Michel Basquiat

“All art is imitation of nature.”

Lucio Anneo Seneca

“Art is the expression of deeper thought in the simplest way.”

Albert Einstein

“All the arts contribute to the greatest art of all: the one to live.”

Bertolt Brecht

“Art is an abstraction: sprinkle it from nature dreaming in front of it and worry more about the creation than the result.”

Paul Gauguin

“Art teaches nothing but the meaning of life.”

Henry Miller

“Use a glass mirror to look at your face and use artwork to look at your own soul.”

George Bernard Shaw

“There are painters who paint the sun like a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”

Pablo Picasso

“A good artist is destined to be unhappy in life: every time he is hungry and opens his sack, he finds himself in pearls only.”

Hermann Hesse

“Art does not reproduce what is visible, but it makes visible what it is not.”

Paul Klee

“An artwork is above all an adventure of the mind”

Eugène Ionesco

“Painting Transforms Space in Time, Music Time in Space” Hugo Von Hofmannsthal “Painting is a self-discusive act. Every good artist paints what it is.”

Jackson Pollock

“The substance of painting is the light.”

André Derain

“Sometimes I think the night is lively and richer in the colors of the day.”

Vincent Van Gogh

“Art is jealous … you have to work long and hard to grasp its essence. What I’m down to is damn hard, yet I do not think I’m aiming too high”

Vincent Van Gogh

“There is no blue without the yellow and without the orange.”

Vincent Van Gogh

“One morning, as one of us was black, he used blue: impressionism was born.”

Pierre Auguste Renoir

“A work of art must be significant in its time, like any other intellectual manifestation, whatever it is, and painting as visual is necessarily the reflection of external and non-psychological conditions.Each pictorial work must have a momentary value And an eternal, which lasts forever. ”

Fernand Léger

“Easy to understand when a modern picture is over. When the painting is still fresh, it’s not over yet. ”

Wiet van Broeckhoven

“Everyone wants to understand painting. Why do not they try to understand bird singing? People love the night, a flower, everything around them without trying to figure it out. But painting – that must understand. ”

Pablo Picasso

“It is difficult to talk about my painting because it is always born in a state of hallucination, caused by anything, objective or subjective, and of which I am entirely irresponsible.”

Joan Miró

“What I want to show through my painting is what I see with my eyes and with my heart.”

Raoul Dufy

“I believe in Michelangelo, Velasquez, and Rembrandt; In the power of drawing, in the mystery of color, in the redemption of all things through the everlasting beauty, and in the message of the Art that made those hands blessed.

George Bernard Shaw

“Pain is the poet, but joy makes the painter”

Camillo Boito

“I wanted perfection and ruined what was fine.”

Claude Monet

“The approval of others is a stimulant, which is sometimes wondering.”

Paul Cézanne

“Painting is wonderful, makes you cheerful and patient, and you do not have black fingers like when you’re writing, but red and blue.”

Hermann Hesse

“People often make art, but they do not realize it.”

Vincent Van Gogh

“An artist is a person who produces things that people do not need, but he, for some reason, thinks it’s a good idea to give them.”

Andy Warhol

“Mind loves the unknown, loves images whose meaning is unknown, because the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.”

René Magritte

“Un’opera d’arte per divenire immortale deve sempre superare i limiti dell’umano senza preoccuparsi né del buon senso né della logica. “

Giorgio De Chirico

“La realtà non è mai come la si vede; la realtà è sopratutto immaginazione.”

René Magritte

“We must be a living man and a posthumous artist.”

Jean Cocteau

“When I sit at the work table, I do not feel comfortable anymore who had fallen into the Opera Square in full swing, breaking her legs.”

Franz Kafka

“Writing implies, at best, a lonely existence. The writer works alone and, if he is a good writer, he must face the eternity or the lack of eternity every day.”

Ernest Hemingway

“Sometimes I feel like writing to prevent me from living”

André Gide

“Writing is the need to reveal to me, the need to resonate, not unlike the need to breathe, to palpitation, to walk to the unknown in the streets of the earth.”

Gabriele D’Annunzio

“Theater means to live seriously what others, in life, recite badly”

Eduardo De Filippo

“The artist is a man who will never prostitute his art, except for money.”

Henri Meyers

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are.If he would stop being an artist”

Oscar Wilde

“Poets are like children: when they sit at a desk, they do not touch the ground with their feet.”

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

“Modern art is called so because it is unlikely to become ancient”

Nikita Kruscev

“Making poems is like making love: you will never know if your joy is shared.”

Cesare Pavese

“Painting is stronger than me, it forces me to paint as she wants.”

Pablo Picasso

“The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.”

Oscar Wilde

“I’m not a good painter, I’m too smart to be a good painter. Good painters are stupid, except for Velazquez who was a genius”

Salvator Dalì

“To be poets, you have to have a long time.”

Pier Paolo Pasolini

“The first virtue of a painting is to be a feast for the eyes.”

Eugène Delacroix

“In a figure, look for the great light and the great shadow, the rest will come from you.”

Edouard Manet

“Art means: inside everything to show God.”

Hermann Hesse

“Art is to represent what does not exist.”

Jean-François Revel

“Art is the creation of an evocative magic that welcomes both the object and the subject”

Charles Baudelaire


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