The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.
A common defect of modern art study is that too many students do not know why they draw.
I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.
It is harder to see than it is to express. The whole value of art rests in the artist's ability to see well into what is before him.
Art appreciation, like love, cannot be done by proxy.
All real works of art look as though they were done in joy.
In every human being there is the artist, and whatever his activity, he has an equal chance with any to express the result of his growth and his contact with life. I don't believe any real artist cares whether what he does is 'art' or not. Who, after all, knows what art is?
Art is an outsider, a gypsy over the face of the earth.
Art is, after all, only a trace – like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness.
There is no art without contemplation.
Good composition is like a suspension bridge; each line adds strength and takes none away... Making lines run into each other is not composition. There must be motive for the connection. Get the art of controlling the observer – that is composition.
In great art there is no beginning and end in point of time. All time is comprehended.
Art is an extension of language - an expression of sensations too subtle for words.
Artists must be men of wit, consciously or unconsciously philosophers; read, study and think a great deal of life...
Everything depends on the attitude of the artist toward his subject. It is essential.
The true artist regards his work as a means of talking with men [and women], of saying his say to himself and to others. It is not a question of pay...
Art when really understood is the province of every human being. It is simply a question of doing things, anything, well. It is not an outside, extra thing.
Art is the giving by each man of his evidence to the world. Those who wish to give, love to give, discover the pleasure of giving. Those who give are tremendously strong.
Art tends toward balance, order, judgment of relative values, the laws of growth, the economy of living – very good things for anyone to be interested in.
There is only one reason for art in America, and that is that the people of America learn the means of expressing themselves in their own time, and their own land.
No work of Art is really ever finished. They only stop at good places.
The only sensible way to regard the art life is that it is a privilege you are willing to pay for... You may cite honors and attentions and even money paid, but I would have you note that these were paid a long time after the creator had gone through his struggles.
Art appreciation, like love, cannot be done by proxy: It is a very personal affair and is necessary to each individual.
Through art mysterious bonds of understanding and of knowledge are established among men.
Each sensation is precious, protect it, cherish it, keep it. Never give it away. You must develop that balance which allows all of the world to come in to you, and only that which you have expressed in your art to move back out again into the world.
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