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The artist is chosen by God to fulfill his commands
by Albrecht Druer

The artist is chosen by God to fulfill his commands
and must never be overwhelmed by public opinion.
- Albrecht Druer

I hold that the perfection of form and beauty is contained in the sum of all men.
- Albrecht Druer

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
- George Santayana

 

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 artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place:
from the sky,
from the earth, from a scrap of paper,
from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
- Pablo Picasso

An artist is always alone - if he is an artist.
No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
- Henry Miller

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Every other artist begins with a blank canvas,
a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
- Edward Steichen

Even a true artist does not always produce art.
- Carroll O'Connor

I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
- Jodie Foster

An artist never really finishes his work,
he merely abandons it.
- Paul Valery

That's the motivation of an artist -
to seek attention of some kind.
- James Taylor

I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist,
but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.
- Michael Palin

Every human is an artist.
The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
- Eugene Delacroix

The artist's world is limitless.
It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.
It is always on his doorstep.
- Paul Strand

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures.
- Henry Ward Beecher

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

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

To an engineer, good enough means perfect.
With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.
- Alexander Calder

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
- Charles Horton Cooley

I've been called many names like perfectionist,
difficult and obsessive.
I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the
details for any artist to be good.
- Barbra Streisand

The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
- Novalis

Every production of an artist should be the expression
of an adventure of his soul.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
- George Edward Moore

An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
- Edgard Varese

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

A group or an artist shouldn't get his money until his boss gets his.
- Bobby Darin

The artist in me cries out for design.
- Robert Frost

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

I love power.
But it is as an artist that I love it.
I love it as a musician loves his violin,
to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist.
I never think about money.
Beautiful things make money.
- Lord Acton

Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
- Franz Liszt

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
- Andy Warhol

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
- James Whistler

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't
doubt what they're doing.
- Francis Ford Coppola

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts -
such is the duty of the artist.
- Robert Schumann

I'm an artist, I'm not an academic folklorist.
- Terri Windling

I also had this artist friend who'd paint butterflies
and things like that on my head.
- Persis Khambatta

Most people think an artist tries to be original,
but originality is the last thing that develops in the artist.
- Lukas Foss

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion,
which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed
so that a hundred years later,
when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
- William Faulkner

By the time I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to be an artist.
I was a born draftsman and liked all forms of art,
so I just knew that's what I wanted to do.
- Frank Frazetta

I always knew would be some sort of artist,
but didn't know what.
- Jack Prelutsky

It took a bit of talking through administrative people,
but only once did an attorney try and get in the way
of the process and say their artist couldn't do it.
- Jules Shear

I wasn't allowed to grow as an artist.
My albums were nicer to look at than to listen to.
- Nancy Sinatra

The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist
puts order into it is a very absurd point of view,
I think.
All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.
- Willem de Kooning

What kind of morons do you have working at newspapers
in Austin that would base an entire review of an artist's
performance on whether or not they had a good seat?
- Al Yankovic

The modern artist...
is working and expressing an inner world -
in other words -
expressing the energy,
the motion, and other inner forces.
- Jackson Pollock

I'm an artist and that means I can be as egotistical as I want to be.
- Lou Reed

To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful,
because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth,
read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.
- Auguste Rodin

To give a body and a perfect form to one's thought,
this - and only this - is to be an artist.
- Jacques-Louis David

I would hardly call myself an artist in that sense;
I doodle,
I draw, I'm not a trained artist, I couldn't sit down
and do an accurate portrait of anyone.
- Rene Auberjonois

It's the role of the artist to pursue content.
- Anish Kapoor

As an artist, you're pretty sheltered backstage.
You often don't know what's going on out there.
- Gavin Rossdale

No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist.
- Beck

Style is the most valuable asset of the modern artist.
That's probably why so many styles are reported lost or stolen each year.
- Brad Holland

I began as a boy with artistic talent...
as a visual artist...
I thought that was what I'd become and in my late teens
drifted into reading serious literature.
- Russell Banks

I don't think any one person, whether artist or not,
has been given permission by anyone to put the responsibility
of the way things are on anyone else.
- Robert Rauschenberg

I've dated the sweet mama's boy, the musician rocker,
the struggling artist - basically a lot of people without jobs.
- Alyssa Milano

The artist is something of an outsider in America.
I have always felt that America does not value its artists,
certainly not in the sense that the Europeans do.
- Carlisle Floyd

A work of art is one through which the consciousness
of the artist is able to give its emotions to anyone
who is prepared to receive them.
There is no such thing as bad art.
- Muriel Rukeyser

I like to make records sound good.
I'm more like a reducer than a producer.
If an artist cannot produce themselves,
what's the point?
- Branford Marsalis

The artist likes to seem totally responsible for his work.
Often he begins to explain it, to make it appear as
if it were a reasonable process.
- Arthur Erickson

One often forms a mental image of an artist through
his work and is often disappointed on meeting him.
- Alun Hoddinott

I've always wanted to be a real universal artist,
one that every type of audience could relate to.
- Bryan White

I'm a con artist in that I'm an actor.
I make people believe something is real when they know perfectly well it isn't.
- John Lithgow

Folk rock was my real roots.
I did a few gigs as a folk artist, in the style of Fairport Convention.
- Alan Parsons

At the age of 80, I'm becoming a visual artist.
This could be my rebirth.
- Harry Seidler

I tell my friends about my conversations with my father -
conversations with an artist.
- Ray Conniff


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