Famous Quotes About Art
Human beings are unique in their ability to create and appreciate art, and were expressing themselves through cave-paintings even when they were living in dark caves of prehistory. Since then, we have developed various sophisticated forms of art which are able to express anything from abstract ideas and feelings such as love and hate, victory and defeat, or happiness and sorrow to concrete details of grand events like wars or trivial personal affairs. While every individual is different in expressing himself/herself through art, art can also help us identify cultural groups collectively, such as lost civilizations like Egyptians, Incas and Mayans who have all left their marks on the world through their art. However, whether art does/should have a purpose is a controversial topic in itself. Let us take a look at what prominent people have to say about art and how they are inspired by it.
I never studied art, but taught myself to draw by imitating the New Yorker cartoonists of that day, instead of doing my homework.
Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Education is my next big thing. When music and art were taken out of the schools, I went berserk!
Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.
In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.
Art is not a mirror held up to reality
but a hammer with which to shape it.
The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seemed filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster
The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious.
All art is political in the sense that it serves someone's politics.
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself.
All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.
To me the purpose of art is to produce something alive...but with a separate, and of course one hopes, with an everlasting life of its own.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
As an artist your first loyalty is to your art. Unless this is the case, you're going to be a second-rate artist.
There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun
I don't look at our society today too much. My focus is still in the past, and part of the reason is because what I do - the wellspring of art, or what I do - l get from the blues. So I listen to the music of a particular period that I'm working on, and I think inside the music is clues to what is happening with the people.
Vincent van Gogh
...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?