Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
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 job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.
Desire is not what you see, but what you imagine.
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures.
If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.
Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye... it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.
The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense.
Every good painter paints what he is.
The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.
The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring.
Any great art work … revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world - the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.
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