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The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.
Francis Bacon power
I think everybody should like everybody.
Andy Warhol body
In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is - as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.
Josef Albers art
He who does Christ's work must stay with Christ always.
Fra Angelico work
Great men show politeness in a particular way; a smile suffices to assure you that you are welcome, and keep about their avocations as if you were a member of the family.
John James Audubon art
I don't know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower.
Banksy life
I start a picture and I finish it.
Jean Michel Basquiat art
I am seeking for the bridge which leans from the visible to the invisible through reality.
Max Beckmann reality
Let's talk of a system that transforms all the social organisms into a work of art, in which the entire process of work is included... something in which the principle of production and consumption takes on a form of quality. It's a Gigantic project.
Joseph Beuys art
Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.
Giotto di Bondone illusion
I used to go and flatten my nose against that window and absorb all I could of his art. It changed my life. I saw art then as I wanted to see it.
Mary Cassatt life
To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.
Giorgio de Chirico dreams
I am in no mood to be deceived any longer by the crafty devil and false character whose greatest pleasure is to take advantage of everyone.
Camille Claudel evil
I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.
John Constable life
What moves those of genius, what inspires their work is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.
Eugene Delacroix work
People were already beginning to forget, what horrible suffering the war had brought them. I did not want to cause fear and panic, but to let people know how dreadful war is and so to stimulate people's powers of resistance.
Otto Dix fear
I don't believe in art. I believe in artists.
Marcel Duchamp art
The big artist keeps an eye on nature and steals her tools.
Thomas Eakins art
We adore chaos because we love to produce order.
M. C. Escher love
With the brush we merely tint, while the imagination alone produces colour.
Theodore Gericault imagination
When you look at art made by other people, you see what you need to see in it.
Alberto Giacometti art
I stood up as best I could to their disgusting stupidity and brutality, but I did not, of course, manage to beat them at their own game. It was a fight to the bitter end, one in which I was not defending ideals or beliefs but simply my own self.
George Grosz belief
Red is one of the strongest colors, it's blood, it has a power with the eye. That's why traffic lights are red I guess, and stop signs as well... In fact I use red in all of my paintings.
Keith Haring pain
So smoking is the perfect way to commit suicide without actually dying. I smoke because it's bad, it's really simple.
Damien Hirst suicide
I have generally found that persons who had studied painting least were the best judges of it.
William Hogarth pain
Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.
Wassily Kandinsky art
For me, each nuance of a color is in some way an individual, a being who is not only from the same race as the base color, but who definitely possesses a distinct character and personal soul.
Yves Klein soul
Look at life with the eyes of a child.
Kathe Kollwitz life
Art to me is a humanitarian act and I believe that there is a responsibility that art should somehow be able to effect mankind, to make the word a better place.
Jeff Koons art
Pop Art looks out into the world. It doesnt look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself.
Roy Lichtenstein pain
Blue is the male principle, stern and spiritual. Yellow the female principle, gentle, cheerful and sensual. Red is matter, brutal and heavy and always the colour which must be fought and vanquished by the other two.
Franz Marc spiritual
I am dominated by one thing, an irresistible, burning attraction towards the abstract.
Gustave Moreau war
When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, its your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
Georgia Okeeffe time
Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and youll start to see a big difference in your life.
Yoko Ono life
While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality... true art lies in a reality that is felt.
Odilon Redon art
When I go to farms or little towns, I am always surprised at the discontent I find. And New York, too often, has looked across the sea toward Europe. And all of us who turn our eyes away from what we have are missing life.
Norman Rockwell life
Art to me is an anecdote of the spirit, and the only means of making concrete the purpose of its varied quickness and stillness.
Mark Rothko purpose
Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.
Henri Rousseau nature
The picture is a self-sufficient work of art. It is not connected to anything outside.
Kurt Schwitters art
Though the artist must remain master of his craft, the surface, at times raised to the highest pitch of loveliness, should transmit to the beholder the sensation which possessed the artist.
Alfred Sisley love
Every form is a base for colour, every colour is the attribute of a form.
Victor Vasarely
Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained.
Maurice De Vlaminck pain
Censorship is saying: Im the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine. But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word - even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper.
Ai Weiwei people
Not so cold, some snow fell. I went inside the log cabin and said goodbye to Mother, she was so alike grandmother, just younger.
Anders Zorn good