On Art ... A Few Words ... But Not From Me
Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
Great art picks up where nature ends.
The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.
Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.
The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.
Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it's in my basement... let me go upstairs and check.
M. C. Escher
To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
E. M. Forster
Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.
I have been no more than a medium, as it were.
An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
We have art in order not to die of the truth.
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
You've gotta be original, because if you're like someone else, what do they need you for?
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
Harry S. Truman
An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them.
I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
All art is quite useless.
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
I am an artist... I am here to live out loud.