Famous Art Quotes

art as conversation

edward hopper

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”

the purpose of the artist

james mcneill whistler

“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.”

the spiritual side of art

piet mondrian

“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.”

artist quotes for inspiration

gustav klimt

“Whoever wants to know something about me, they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognize what I am and what I want.”

quotes about art for staying focused

vincent van gogh

“If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.”

artist quotes on the joy of art

renê magritte

“The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.”

art quotes about the creative process

amadeo modigliani

“What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race.”