The worst thing that being an artist could do to you would be that it would make you slightly unhappy constantly.
The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Be a man before being an artist!
Arguably, no artist grows up: If he sheds the perceptions of childhood, he ceases being an artist.
An artist should be taking risks. That's the whole idea of being an artist.
Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
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.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist.
What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
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.
An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them.
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.
For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.
The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.
Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.
The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.
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