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Gustave Courbet Quotes and Sayings

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Painting is the representation of visible forms.
The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal.
- Gustave Courbet

The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under
the most diverse forms of reality.
Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it.
- Gustave Courbet

Painting is an essentially concrete art and can only
consist of the representation of real and existing things.
- Gustave Courbet

Fine art is knowledge made visible.
- Gustave Courbet

 

The expression of beauty is in direct ratio to the
power of conception the artist has acquired.
- Gustave Courbet

I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom;
I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in
quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients.
- Gustave Courbet

I hope to live all my life for my art,
without abandoning my principles one iota.
- Gustave Courbet

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France is the only nation in which astoundingly small
numbers of civilized patrons reside.
- Gustave Courbet

When we see men of worth, we should think of equalling them;
when we see men of a contrary character,
we should turn inward and examine ourselves.
- Gustave Courbet

Beauty, like truth, is relative to the time when one
lives and to the individual who can grasp it.
The expression of beauty is in direct ratio to the
power of conception the artist has acquired.
- Gustave Courbet

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

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

All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

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

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

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If the world could remain within a frame like a painting on the wall,
I think we'd see the beauty then and stand staring in awe.
- Conor Oberst

In the middle 1940s...
I heard everyone live.
Painting, the theater; everything was happening.
It was an exciting time when New York was the place to be.
- Bill Dixon

I mean, certainly writing, painting,
photography,
dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every
art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.
- Sydney Pollack

When I finish a painting, it usually looks as surprising to me as to anyone else.
- Howard Hodgkin

Painting is a very difficult thing.
It absorbs the whole man, body and soul,
thus have I passed blindly many things which belong
to real and political life.
- Max Beckmann

One must act in painting as in life,
directly.
- Pablo Picasso

Painting is seen as picture making, the making of an art object,
something that can stand on its own.
- Peter Wright

Frankly, these days, without a theory to go with it,
I can't see a painting.
- Tom Wolfe

I was a student at Harvard, and that's where I learned
about so-called avant-garde music.
Jackson Pollock, abstract expressionism and painting
were well known at this time.
- Henry Flynt

I hope that my painting has the impact of giving someone,
as it did me, the feeling of his own totality,
of his own separateness, of his own individuality.
- Barnett Newman

I think it is an inborn talent - just luck.
Some people can learn languages; some can throw a ball.
Most people have something.
My talent is drawing and painting.
- Mike Thompson

On the floor I am more at ease.
I feel nearer, more part of the painting,
since this way I can walk around it,
work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.
- Jackson Pollock

Every milieu has something ridiculous about it -
film-making,
the music world, painting - because people who take
themselves seriously become funny pretty quickly.
- Rebecca Miller

I want to die painting.
- Paul Cezanne

Painting is, I think, inevitably an archaic activity
and one that depends on spiritual values.
- Bridget Riley

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

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

There are only two styles of portrait painting;
the serious and the smirk.
- Charles Dickens

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

Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask.
Modern art rejected all that.
Our subject matter was the person behind the mask.
- Robert Motherwell

Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely
with life and nature's phenomena before it can again become great.
- Edward Hopper

Language is much closer to film than painting is.
- Sergei Eisenstein

My movement from painting to film was a very conscious one.
- Kathryn Bigelow

I want to give my compliments to Australia.
Ever since your government paid a few million dollars
for a Jackson Pollack painting,
I figure that it must be a marvellous country.
- Morton Feldman

If the weather is good I go into the nearby wood -
there I am painting a small beech forest (in the sun)
with a few conifers mixed in.
This takes until 8 'o clock.
- Gustav Klimt

I don't work from drawings.
I don't make sketches and drawings and color sketches into a final painting.
- Jackson Pollock

I believe that painting should come through the avenues
of meditation rather than the canals of action.
- Mark Tobey

Painting is really good fun, I have always enjoyed it.
As long as I paint what I want with the freedom that I enjoy,
I never tire.
- John Dyer

No painting can tell the truth of a single instant;
no snapshot can do anything else.
- John A. Kouwenhoven

Painting pictures didn't make me a lot of money.
I have to eat.
- Ralph Bakshi

Ah, lives of men!
When prosperous they glitter - Like a fair picture;
when misfortune comes -
A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.
- Aeschylus

I see architecture not as Gropius did,
as a moral venture, as truth, but as invention,
in the same way that poetry or music or painting is invention.
- Michael Graves

When superstition is allowed to perform the task of
old age in dulling the human temperament,
we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry,
in painting, and in music.
- Denis Diderot

I dream a lot.
I do more painting when I'm not painting.
It's in the subconscious.
- Andrew Wyeth

Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity
with the minimum of means.
It is this which has led me to give my painting a character
of even greater bareness.
- Joan Miro

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

Painting self-portraits without clothes on has also given me some publicity.
- Cleo Moore

My hobbies are painting, crafts, and I like golfing.
- Nancy Kerrigan

In painting feathers, you want to create the look of feathers,
but if you try to paint all the feathers,
you have nothing but disaster.
- John O'Neill

I kind of do the drawing with the painting in mind,
but it's very hard to guess at a size or a color and
all the colors around it and what it will really look like.
- Roy Lichtenstein

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

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does,
or music.
If you are born knowing them, fine.
If not, learn them.
Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
- Truman Capote

It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess.
Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take,
and the painting comes out well.
- Jackson Pollock

The majority of my work is from life.
I spend most fine days from May to October painting outside.
- John Dyer

I am a great lover of art, in many forms:
paintings,
objets, textiles.
I don't have the talent for painting,
but I have a very good sense of colour,
a love of visual beauty.
- Jacqueline Bisset


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