Art Quotes

The world doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?

Pablo Picasso


Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer; art is everything else.

Donald Ervin Knuth


When you draw something it lives and when you photograph it it dies.

John Fowles


Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman.

Guillaume Apollinaire


Art is too serious to be taken seriously.

Ad Reinhardt



Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first. 

Arthur Schopenhauer


Art is vice. You don't wed it, you rape it. 

Edgar Degas


Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint you can on it.

Danny Kaye


Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.



In art as in love, instinct is enough.

Anatole France


If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.

Edward Hopper


I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way... things I had no words for.

Georgia O'Keeffe



Now art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic.

Oscar Wilde


Art is whether or not there is a scream in him wanting to get out in a special way.

Chaim Potok


Art never comes from happiness.

Chuck Palahniuk


Dive again and again into the river of uncertainty. Create in the dark, only then can you recognize the light.

Jyrki Vainonen


Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

Salvador Dalí


I shut my eyes in order to see.

Paul Gauguin