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Artist Quotes

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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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt.
Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.
- Robert Hughes

I just want to be written about as a normal artist.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Now that I'm coming out with my own record people can see I'm a solo artist.
- John Legend

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

I am an artist, art has no color and no sex.
- Whoopi Goldberg

You get used to it when you feel like you're an artist.
- Pharrell Williams

An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection,
and on his own terms, not anyone else's.
- J. D. Salinger

You are born an artist or you are not.
And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a fireworks.
The artist is always there.
- Maria Callas

It betrays hubris on the part of the artist to think
his medium is limiting him,
and I think we all recognize this.
- Steve Albini

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

Cultural confinement takes place when a curator imposes
his own limits on an art exhibition,
rather than asking an artist to set his limits.
- Robert Smithson

The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history.
- Robert Rauschenberg

A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells.
- Grandma Moses

The artist is the medium between his fantasies and the rest of the world.
- Federico Fellini

Within two weeks of working with her,
I realized how good she was for the role because she
was absolutely with it and she has got terrific instincts,
I think, as an artist, too.
- Albert Finney

The freedom of every artist is essential.
- Christo

The artist never entirely knows.
We guess.
We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
- Agnes de Mille

No artist is ahead of his time.
He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times.
- Martha Graham

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

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
- Max Eastman

I'm an artist that's attracted to a specific way of
seeing and a way of being.
- Jock Sturges

What the artist owes the world is his work;
not a model for living.
- Harry Crews

That is what the title of artist means:
one who perceives more than his fellows,
and who records more than he has seen.
- Edward Gordon Craig

We are going to finish this picture just the way I want it...
because you cannot compromise an artist's vision.
- Ed Wood

As an artist I'd choose the thing that's beautiful
more than the one that's true.
- Laurie Anderson

I see myself as an artist who happens to do cartoons.
- Pat Oliphant

Putting out commercial pieces and promoting them and
trying to sell them to people is not necessarily what
it means to be an artist.
- Sean Lennon

The arrogance of the artist is a very profound thing,
and it fortifies you.
- James A. Michener

Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion,
let the artist be truly taciturn.
- Paul Klee

An artist has every right - one may even say a duty -
to exhibit his productions as prominently as he can.
- Jacques Barzun

But I really want to be an artist, so therefore I have
to live a little bit like a monk.
- John Lone

An artist is his own fault.
- John O'Hara

Being an artist is a very long game.
It is not a 10-year game.
I hope I'll be around making art when I'm 80.
- Anish Kapoor

An artist must possess Nature.
He must identify himself with her rhythm,
by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will
later enable him to express himself in his own language.
- Henri Matisse


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