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Painting is the most magical of mediums.
by Chuck Close

Painting is the most magical of mediums.
The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time
I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another
way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make
space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience.
- Chuck Close

I always thought that one of the reasons why a painter
likes especially to have other painters look at his
or her work is the shared experience of having pushed paint around.
- Chuck Close

I'm plagued with indecision in my life.
I can't figure out what to order in a restaurant.
- Chuck Close

Most people are good at too many things.
And when you say someone is focused,
more often than not what you actually mean is they're very narrow.
- Chuck Close

 

Sometimes I really want to paint somebody and I don't
get a photograph that I want to work from.
- Chuck Close

What difference does it make whether you're looking
at a photograph or looking at a still life in front
of you? You still have to look.
- Chuck Close

I think most paintings are a record of the decisions that the artist made.
I just perhaps make them a little clearer than some people have.
- Chuck Close

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Part of the joy of looking at art is getting in sync
in some ways with the decision-making process that
the artist used and the record that's embedded in the work.
- Chuck Close

All the fingerprint paintings are done without a grid.
- Chuck Close

Sculpture occupies real space like we do...
you walk around it and relate to it almost as another
person or another object.
- Chuck Close

I'm very learning-disabled, and I think it drove me to what I'm doing.
- Chuck Close

It's always a pleasure to talk about someone else's work.
- Chuck Close

It doesn't upset artists to find out that artists used
lenses or mirrors or other aids,
but it certainly does upset the art historians.
- Chuck Close

I wanted to translate from one flat surface to another.
In fact, my learning disabilities controlled a lot of things.
I don't recognize faces, so I'm sure it's what drove
me to portraits in the first place.
- Chuck Close

I discovered about 150 dots is the minimum number of
dots to make a specific recognizable person.
You can make something that looks like a head,
with fewer dots, but you won't be able to give much
information about who it is.
- Chuck Close

I did some pastels and I did other pieces in which
there was just basically one color per square,
and then they would get bigger and I could get 2 or
3 colors into the square,
and ultimately I just started making oil paintings.
- Chuck Close

You know, the way art history is taught,
often there's nothing that tells you why the painting is great.
The description of a lousy painting and the description
of a great painting will very much sound the same.
- Chuck Close

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

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My painting does not come from the easel.
- Jackson Pollock

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

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

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
- Plutarch

A painting that is well composed is half finished.
- Pierre Bonnard

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next
to a God made object like a tree or flower.
If it clashes, it is not art.
- Paul Cezanne

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather,
and exposing them to the critic.
- Ambrose Bierce

All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
- Salvador Dali

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

I think of my peace paintings as one long poem,
with each painting being a single stanza.
- Robert Indiana

A good painting to me has always been like a friend.
It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
- Hedy Lamarr

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression
of the highest moral and spiritual ideas,
there music is sublimely strong.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

But painting can be too lonely...
I like being with people too much to have ever made that my life's work.
- Marie Windsor

I think a painting should include more experience than
simply intended statement.
- Jasper Johns

Lovers of painting and lovers of music are people who
openly display their preference like a delectable ailment
that isolates them and makes them proud.
- Maurice Blanchot

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race.
Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry,
painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.
- William Blake

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

In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.
- Edgar Degas

Painting directly from nature is difficult as things do not remain the same;
the camera helps to retain the picture in your mind.
- Theodore Robinson

I no longer worry whether a painting is about something or not.
I am only concerned with the expectation,
from a flat surface, of an illusion.
- William Scott

When I look at a body it gives me choice of what to put in a painting,
what will suit me and what won't.
- Lucian Freud

I felt I really wanted to back off from music completely
and just work within the visual arts in some way.
I started painting quite passionately at that time.
- David Bowie

There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.
- Mark Rothko

I still have agents in France, Los Angeles and Amsterdam
who call and suggest parts.
I'd love to keep on doing both painting and acting
until the end of my days.
- Sylvia Kristel

Being in the studio is like painting,
you know, you can really take your time,
and try different things, and kind of go deep into it.
- Rosanne Cash

I am more a friend of art than a producer of painting.
- Paul Cezanne

I always feel attacked when I'm asked about my painting.
- Georg Baselitz

Painting constantly appeared to me as the one and only possible achievement.
- Max Beckmann

I liked sculpting better than painting.
You have more freedom in sculpting.
- Anthony Quinn

Some people like to paint trees.
I like to paint love.
I find it more meaningful than painting trees.
- Robert Indiana

I studied all about Gauguin.
He was a banker.
He was a banker who - he used to paint on Sundays.
And one day he hated himself for painting on Sundays.
- Anthony Quinn

And since geometry is the right foundation of all painting,
I have decided to teach its rudiments and principles
to all youngsters eager for art.
- Albrecht Durer

Painting, sculpture and architecture are finished,
but the art habit continues.
- Robert Smithson

I started formal piano training when I was 4.
From there I had little violas, and I had dancing lessons
of every sort and description,
and painting lessons.
I had German.
And shorthand.
- Twyla Tharp

I found I have to stay painting.
- Alan Bean

Pop Art looks out into the world.
It doesn't look like a painting of something,
it looks like the thing itself.
- Roy Lichtenstein

Sunlight is painting.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

No one blames themselves if they don't understand a cartoon,
as they might with a painting or "real" art;
they simply think it's a bad cartoon.
- Chris Ware

Every painting I do is related to the last one:
it may be a continuation of a previous painting or
it may be a reaction against it.
- William Scott

By painting colors and lines and forms seen in quickened
mood I was seeking to make this mood vibrate as a phonograph does.
This was the origin of the paintings in The Frieze of Life.
- Edvard Munch

The substance of painting is light.
- Andre Derain

I have generally found that persons who had studied
painting least were the best judges of it.
- William Hogarth

Landscape is to American painting what sex and psychoanalysis
are to the American novel.
- Robert Hughes

A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay,
or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.
- Mao Tse-Tung

Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic,
so what you see is not what you see.
- Philip Guston

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

It is no use painting the foot of the tree white,
the strength of the bark cries out from beneath the paint.
- Aime Cesaire

The trend in some of the contemporary movements in art,
but by no means all, seems to deny this ideal and to
me appears to lead to a purely decorative conception of painting.
- Edward Hopper

Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted,
but not explained.
- Maurice de Vlaminck

Painting completed my life.
- Frida Kahlo


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