200 Best Painting Quotes To inspire You

200 Best Painting Quotes To inspire You

If you're looking for art quotes, these famous painting quotes are something you'll love!

1. "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."

- Edgar Degas

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

3. "If only every man who sees my pictures could understand them! But, alas, their meaning lies in a realm transcending intellect." - Claude Monet

4. "The painting must be like the music of Mozart, clear and deep." - Gustav Klimt

5. "Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do." - Edgar Degas

6. "Everyone has painting talent; some only a little, some a great deal." - Napoleon Bonaparte

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

8. "When painting a picture, you should not try to put in everything. Try to paint as simply as possible and your painting will be all the stronger for it." - Paul Cézanne

9. "To draw the line is very simple, but to paint it in such a way that it comes out looking like a line and not just an unconnected series of points is extremely difficult." - Edgar Degas

10. "When painting a picture I start with an organized chaos and try to end up with a reasonable order." - Jackson Pollock

11. "An artist is a mirror as well as an image; he must reflect the time and also reflect timeless human qualities." - Salvador Dalí

12. "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."

- Edgar Degas

13. "To draw the line is very simple, but to paint it in such a way that it comes out looking like a line and not just an unconnected series of points is extremely difficult." - Edgar Degas

14. "A painting reveals a great deal about the artist who made it. You can learn about me from this painting" - Jackson Pollock

15. "If only every man who sees my pictures could understand them! But, alas, their meaning lies in a realm transcending intellect." - Claude Monet

16. "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton

17. "We come from painting, from art; it is our pallet and our brushes and we're painting our world, painting ourselves." - David Hockney

18. "Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun." - Pablo Picasso

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

20. "When painting a picture, you should not try to put in everything. Try to paint as simply as possible and your painting will be all the stronger for it." - Paul Cézanne

21. "All art is quite useless" - Oscar Wilde

22. "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton

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

24. "We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies." - Pablo Picasso

25. "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton

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

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

28. "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton

29. "In painting, everything is everywhere at all times, even what isn't there." - Pat Steir

30. "One must work and dare if one really wants to live." - Vincent Van Gogh

31. "All painting, of necessity is more or less landscape painting; since painting is but little sister to nature herself and cannot by any possibility aspire to the condition of her august elder, except in so far as she amuses herself and tries new ways and means of presenting nature more conveniently." - Paul Cézanne

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

33. "[Art] is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better." - Andre Gide

34. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served." - Henri Matisse

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

36. "Our painting is a natural and vehement protest against the painting of yesterday, and at the same time a desperate effort to get away from painting: painting as we see it once again, but painting something quite different." - Constantin Brâncuși

37. "Art is painting the color of time." - Wassily Kandinsky

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

39. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

40. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

41. "My painting does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible" - Paul Klee

42. "Without art, life would be meaningless." - Yoko Ono

43. "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton

44. "All painting, of necessity is more or less landscape painting; since painting is but little sister to nature herself and cannot by any possibility aspire to the condition of her august elder, except in so far as she amuses herself and tries new ways and means of presenting nature more conveniently." - Paul Cézanne

45. "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton

46. "My painting does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible" - Paul Klee

47. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

48. "Without art, life would be an error" - Friedrich Nietzsche

49. "Art is making something out of nothing and selling it." - Frank Zappa

50. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

51. "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton

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

53. "[Art] is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better." - Andre Gide

54. "All painting, of necessity is more or less landscape painting; since painting is but little sister to nature herself and cannot by any possibility aspire to the condition of her august elder, except in so far as she amuses herself and tries new ways and means of presenting nature more conveniently." - Paul Cézanne

 

55. "Our painting is a natural and vehement protest against the painting of yesterday, and at the same time a desperate effort to get away from painting: painting as we see it once again, but painting something quite different." - Constantin Brâncuși

56. "Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better." - Andre Gide

57. "Without art, life would be meaningless." - Yoko Ono

58. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

59. "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up" - Pablo Picasso

60. "Without art, life would be an error" - Friedrich Nietzsche

61. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

62. "Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth." - Pablo Picasso

63. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

64. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served." - Henri Matisse

65. "My painting does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible" - Paul Klee

66. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

67. "All painting, of necessity is more or less landscape painting; since painting is but little sister to nature herself and cannot by any possibility aspire to the condition of her august elder, except in so far as she amuses herself and tries new ways and means of presenting nature more conveniently." - Paul Cézanne

68. "Without art, life would be a mistake" - Friedrich Nietzsche

69. "To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage." - Georgia O'Keeffe

70. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

71. "In painting you must not look at the painting, and in music you must not listen to the music... The painting will still be there; the music will stop." - Pablo Picasso

72. "Happiness is a new painting or sculpture." - Henry Miller

73. "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton

74. "Without art, life would be meaningless" - Yoko Ono

75. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

76. "Infinite riches in a little room." - John Smith to Pocahontas referring to painting by Vermeer

77. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

78. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served." - Henri Matisse

79. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

80. "All painting, of necessity is more or less landscape painting; since painting is but little sister to nature herself and cannot by any possibility aspire to the condition of her august elder, except in so far as she amuses herself and tries new ways and means of presenting nature more conveniently." - Paul Cézanne

81. "Without art, life would be pointless" - Marc Chagall

82. "Nothing is more real than nothing." - Samuel Beckett

83. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

84. "Life is painting, not drawing." - Denis Diderot

85. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served." - Henri Matisse

86. "Without art, life would be an error" - Friedrich Nietzsche

87. "Happiness is painting for you alone, painting as no one else can paint it, painting the things only you perceive in the world around you..." - Wassily Kandinsky

88. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

89. "Life is painting, not drawing." - Denis Diderot

90. "Only painting a picture is living it." - Simone Weil

91. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

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

93. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

94. "In painting there must be something eternal, and distinguishable from what is temporary and mortal in life." - Vincent Van Gogh

95. "Painting isn't an aesthetic operation; it's a form of magic designed as mediator between this strange hostile world and us." - Jackson Pollock

96. "Art is the objectification of feeling." - George E. Woodberry

97. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

98. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served" - Henri Matisse

99. "If painting isn't everything, it's not worth doing at all." - Paul Cézanne

100. "An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it." - Paul Valéry

101. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

102. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served" - Henri Matisse

103. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

104. "Every artist was at one time an amateur." - Robert Brault

105. "There is no such thing as good painting about nothing." - Edward Hopper

106. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

107. "No art," said Hazlitt, "was ever so much like prayer as painting," and many artists have found painting a way to spiritual experience.

108. "Art is the only way to run away without leaving home." - Twyla Tharp

109. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

110. "No art," said Hazlitt, "was ever so much like prayer as painting," and many artists have found painting a way to spiritual experience.

111. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served" - Henri Matisse

112. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

113. "The artist in me cries out for design!" - Langdon Smith

114. "There is no painting without drawing, just as there is no music without notation." - Jorge Luis Borges

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

116. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

117. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served" - Henri Matisse

118. "No art," said Hazlitt, "was ever so much like prayer as painting," and many artists have found painting a way to spiritual experience."

119. "I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contained. I stand and look at them long and long. They do not sweat and whine about their condition, They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God." - Henry David Thoreau

120. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served" - Henri Matisse

121. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

122. "People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on... But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully." - Steve Jobs

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

124. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

125. "There must be something in painting that provokes a man's thought to such a degree that he would rather invent than remember; painting forces the mind deeper into itself, and draws it on until it is exhausted." - Samuel Johnson

126. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served" - Henri Matisse

127. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

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

129. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served" - Henri Matisse

130. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

131. "We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." - Victor Hugo

132. "After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley

133. "One who views art from the standpoint of pure esthetics might as well make use of a kaleidoscope as an instrument." - Hermann von Helmholtz

134. "I cannot conceive painting without drawing, as I can music without notes." - John Constable

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

136. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

137. "Color creates the essence of form- it speaks before words, telling us moods and truths that lie too deep for speech." - Jules Guerin

138. "All art intuitively apprehends coming changes in the collective feelings, and endeavors to prepare for them and shape them." - Johan Huizinga

139. "All painting is but a copy of nature, and the more perfect the copy, the better the painting" - Leonardo Da Vinci

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

141. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

142. "In painting you must not look at things as they are, but as they were in your imagination" - Giorgione

143. "What art offers to this generation, and what only art can offer, is space- psychological space." - Arthur Miller

144. "A painting is finished when the painter says it is finished." - Henri Matisse

145. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

146. "Everything you can imagine is real." - Pablo Picasso

147. "Painting is stronger than me, it makes me do what it wants" - Claude Monet

148. "'The picture lives on its own terms' – that's something I've heard Robert Motherwell say – and I think that's true of all painting… painting has to be painting – it doesn't have to be literature or music…. It really has to live on its own terms." - Diane Arbus

149. "There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost." - Martha Graham

150. "Pain painting can never exist for its own sake or be entirely self-justifying. Its meaning exists only in the total act of communication" - Jackson Pollock

151. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served" - Henri Matisse

152. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

153. "I cannot conceive painting without drawing, as I can music without notes." - John Constable

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

155. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

156. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served" - Henri Matisse

157. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

158. "Every painting has two lives: first as an object then as art" - Diane Arbus

159. "Make no judgments where you have no compassion" - Katherine Anne Porter

160. "I'm painting a picture, and I can't stir without a brush." - Keith Haring

161. "Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at paintings and start looking at facts." - John Ciardi

162. "No painting can be great as a painting unless it is great as a likeness." - Robert S. Lynd

163. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served" - Henri Matisse

164. "A painting doesn't have to tell everything that happened, it just has to state what happened in front of the man painting." - Norman Rockwell

165. "By painting [I am] trying to create a mythology for myself." - Francis Bacon

166. "Every painting has two lives: first as an object then as art" - Diane Arbus

167. "The painting is all that I know and all that I need to know about painting." - David Salle

168. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

169. "It is painting, not decorating houses or painting pretty landscapes... I don't concern myself with painting beautiful pictures" - Georgia O'Keeffe

170. "You show me a painting and I'll tell you who the painter is." - Arturo De Ascanio

171. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

172. "It's painting in total freedom" - Jean Dubuffet

173. "I think painting is the only thing that when you do it, if you think you've done your best, that's all that matters." - Roy Lichtenstein

174. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served" - Henri Matisse

175. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

176. "Every painting has two lives: first as an object then as art" - Diane Arbus

177. "Art is not a thing; it is a way." - Elbert Hubbard

178. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

179. "No painting can be great as a painting unless it is great as a likeness." - Robert S. Lynd

180. "Art is an enlargement of everyday life." - Jean Dubuffet

181. "Reality has one contour, art another" - Marc Chagall

182. "A painting isn't finished when the artist says 'It's finished,' but when the painting says it is finished" - Paul Cezanne

183. "Art begins with resistance at the edge of a canvas... painting [is] the art which risks indecency" - Barnett Newman

184. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

185. "Every painting has two lives: first as an object then as art" - Diane Arbus

186. "Art is not a thing; it is a way." - Elbert Hubbard

187. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

188. "Every painting has two lives: first as an object then as art" - Diane Arbus

189. "I know that painting is not a thing of the past: it's very much alive and must face new challenges." - Pablo Picasso

190. "The painting has a life of its own that must be served" - Henri Matisse

191. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

192. "Every painting has two lives: first as an object then as art" - Diane Arbus

193. "I'm painting a picture, and I can't stir without a brush." - Keith Haring

194. "Art is painting what you don't understand." - Joseph Beuys

195. "Art begins with resistance at the edge of a canvas... painting [is] the art which risks indecency" - Barnett Newman

196. "Every painting has two lives: first as an object then as art" - Diane Arbus

197. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander

198. "Every painting has two lives: first as an object then as art" - Diane Arbus

199. "I want painting to be like an iceberg; 7/8 underwater; 1/8 on the surface." - Marcel Duchamp

200. "Art begins with resistance at the edge of a canvas... painting [is] the art which risks indecency" - Barnett Newman

201. "[Art] starts with a lump of clay and ends with a monument of the human spirit." - Shana Alexander