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.
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.
An artist should be taking risks. That's the whole idea of being an artist.
To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.
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 greater the artist, the greater the doubt; perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.
Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
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.
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Novelty is seldom the essential... make a subject better from its intrinsic nature.
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
In our time there are many artists who do something because it is new; they see their value and their justification in this newness. They are deceiving themselves; novelty is seldom the essential. This has to do with one thing only; making a subject better from its intrinsic nature.
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