Famous Art Quotes from Hopper, Van Gogh & Other Masters

I believe that the great painters with their intellect as master have attempted to force this unwilling medium of paint and canvas into a record of their emotions.”
- Edward Hopper

Bad artists copy. Good artists steal. ”
- Picasso

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.”
- Salvador Dali

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”
- Leonardo da Vinci

A painting without something disturbing in it - what's that”
- Georges Braque

A bit of advice, don't copy nature too closely. Art is an abstraction; as you dream amid nature, extrapolate art from it, and concentrate on what you will create as a result.”
- Gauguin

I don't see why we ever think of what others think of what we do - no matter who they are. Isn't it enough just to express yourself”
- Georgia O'Keeffe

There was a reviewer...who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was. It was a fine compliment”
- Jackson Pollock

The painter of the future will be a colorist in a way no one has been before.”
- Vincent van Gogh

Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.”
- Pablo Picasso

All art is erotic”
- Gustav Klimt

I've never believed in God, but I believe in Pablo Picasso
- Diego Rivera

To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist.”
- Jasper Johns

A drawing is simply a line going for a walk”
- Pau Klee

Art is either plagiarism or revolution. ”
- Gauguin

I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”
- Frida Kahlo

I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.”
- Henri Matisse

Intellect confuses intuition.”
- Piet Mondrian

If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream. ”
- Rene Magritte

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”
- Joan Miro

A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him.”
- Man Ray

There is no must in art because art is free.”
- Wassily Kandinsky

Great art picks up where nature ends.”
- Marc Chagall

Color is a matter of taste and of sensitivity.”
- Edouard Manet

Colors pursue me like a constant worry. They even worry me in my sleep.”
- Claude Monet

What appears spectral today will be natural tomorrow.”
- Franz Marc

Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye... it also includes the inner pictures of the soul”
- Edvard Munch

Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience.”
- Paul Cezanne

What's the use? The people are too stupid. They do not understand. ”
- Winslow Homer

The expression of beauty is in direct ratio to the power of conception the artist has acquired. ”
- Gustave Courbet

I paint because the spirits whisper madly inside my head. ”
- El Greco

Creativity is that marvelous capacity to grasp mutually distinct realities and draw a spark from their juxtaposition. ”
- Max Ernst

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

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. ”
- Michelangelo

A good painter needs only three colours: black, white and red. ”
- Titian

I'm just a simple man standing alone with my old brushes, asking God for inspiration. ”
- Peter Paul Rubens

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
- Edgar Degas