The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
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.
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Our humor turns our anger into a fine art.
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.
Music must take rank as the highest of the fine arts - as the one which, more than any other, ministers to human welfare.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Every good painter paints what he is.
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.
Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.
The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.
The greater the artist, the greater the doubt; perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.
While the world of reality has its limits, the world of your imagination is without boundaries
I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.
I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.
Every artist was first an amateur.
I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.
Desire is not what you see, but what you imagine.
Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
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