Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.
A Good artist has less time than ideas.
The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
Every artist was first an amateur.
The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.
The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.
Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.
The greater the artist, the greater the doubt.
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.
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.
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means.
The greater the artist, the greater the doubt; perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.
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.
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
Novelty is seldom the essential... make a subject better from its intrinsic nature.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite - getting something down.
Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.
I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.
Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.
Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.
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