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Max Ernst Quotes and Sayings

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Painting is not for me either decorative amusement,
or the plastic invention of felt reality;
it must be every time: invention,
discovery, revelation.
- Max Ernst

All good ideas arrive by chance.
- Max Ernst

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 just another way of keeping a diary.
- Pablo Picasso

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Painting is the aesthetic side of the object but it has never been original,
has never been its own goal.
- Kazimir Malevich

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

So when I'm playing, I'm sort of painting a feeling in the air.
- Pharrell Williams

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

I wanted to make these people real, not like they were in a painting.
Like these are people who don't know they're in a period movie.
Those concerns are incredibly immediate.
- Neil LaBute

Impressionism; it is the birth of Light in painting.
- Robert Delaunay

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

To the humblest among them, who may be listening to me now,
I want to say that the masterpiece to which you are
paying historic homage this evening is a painting which he has saved.
- Andre Malraux

Oil-painting is a developed technique.
Why go backwards?
- Edvard Munch

And I think a painting has such a limited life anyway.
- Robert Rauschenberg

I don't like food that's too carefully arranged;
it makes me think that the chef is spending too much
time arranging and not enough time cooking.
If I wanted a picture I'd buy a painting.
- Andy Rooney

Painting is a hobby for me.
- Renee O'Connor

A sculpture is just a painting cut out and stood up somewhere.
- Frank Stella

I don't understand it.
Jack will spend any amount of money to buy votes but
he balks at investing a thousand dollars in a beautiful painting.
- Jackie Kennedy

You know, face painting in non-Western cultures is a sign of collectivism,
is a sign of one representing the community,
it's not unique at all.
- Joseph Jarman

Well, I've been painting for years.
I just started doing a lot more in the last couple.
- Robyn Hitchcock

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

I have been surrounded by artists and paintings throughout my life.
My father Ted Dyer is an artist, and from a very early
age I have spent time painting and drawing.
- John Dyer

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

Nature engenders the science of painting.
- Robert Delaunay

Most of the power of painting comes through the manipulation of space...
but I don't understand that.
- Jasper Johns

There was a whole language that I could never make
function for myself in relationship to painting and
that was attitudes like tortured,
struggle, pain.
- Robert Rauschenberg

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

I paint because it hurts not to.
Pain is in the word painting.
- Marta Gottfried

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

A painting is finished when the subject comes back,
when what has caused the painting to be made comes back as an object.
- Howard Hodgkin

And also the new excitement and variety of ways that
the abstract expressionists were applying paint.
You could put it on as though it were colored air and it would be painting.
- Robert Rauschenberg

If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens.
- Grandma Moses

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

Every song is like a painting.
- Dick Dale

As a teenager I started painting and playing guitar.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions
than anything else in the world.
- Edmond de Goncourt

Children's finger-painting came under the arts,
but movies didn't.
- Nicolas Roeg

I'm just a landscape painter.
I look out the window and I see what's going on,
and I paint it.
While I'm painting it, I also write thoughts about
what I see going on out there.
- William Wiley

The greatest advances of civilization,
whether in architecture or painting,
in science and literature,
in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
- Milton Friedman

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

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

I hate painting.
- Howard Hodgkin

This kind of painting with its large frames is a bourgeois drawing-room art.
It is an art dealer's art-and that came in after the
civil wars following the French Revolution.
- Edvard Munch

I think of painting without subject matter as music without words.
- Kenneth Noland

I believe the reason I love painting so much is that
it forces one to be objective.
- Max Beckmann

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

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

Painting what I experience, translating what I feel,
is like a great liberation.
But it is also work, self-examination,
consciousness, criticism, struggle.
- Balthus

Writing and Painting are the same for me.
- Peter Malkin

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

I believe that the reason why I love painting so much
is that it forces one to be objective.
There is nothing I hate more than sentimentality.
- Max Beckmann

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

Well, I have a very simple method of painting.
- Edward Hopper

It wouldn't be right for me to clown around when I'm painting a president.
- Norman Rockwell

Look at any inspired painting.
It's like a gong sounding; it puts you in a state of reverberation.
- Philip Guston

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

A painting means as much to you as a string of pearls to an ape.
- Paul Scofield

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


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