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Art Quotes

Personality is everything in art and poetry.

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.

Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.

Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.

Pictures must not be too picturesque.

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.

Rules and models destroy genius and art.

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.

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

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

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.

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.

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

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.

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.

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

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.