Art Quotes

Art has no enemy except ignorance.

The block of wood should not dictate to the carver.

As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.

Bad artists always admire each others work.

Aesthetic value is often the by-product of the artist striving to do something else.

While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at.

Just dash something down if you see a blank canvas staring at you with a certain imbecility. You do not know how paralyzing it is, that staring of a blank canvas which says to the painter: “You do not know anything.”

An artist’s sphere of influence is the world.

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.

What lives in art and is eternally living, is first of all the painter, and then the painting.