inspiring artist quotesArt quotes are about the experiences of artists, thoughts on art, and inspire us to create. I love reading and sharing the quotations of other artists and inspirational people. They encourage, motivate, inspire, uplift, and stimulate creativity.

I have included many of the quotations of Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Rembrandt, and Leonardo Da Vinci along with this list of famous inspirational quotes for artists.


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99 Inspiring Quotes about Art from Famous Artists

  1. conducive to happinessI am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” Vincent van Gogh

  2. Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

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

  4. They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” Andy Warhol

  5. Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

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

  7. The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” Piet Mondrian

  8. Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” Salvador Dali

  9. The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”  Francis Bacon

  10. dr suess quotesTo create one’s own world takes courage.” Georgia O’Keeffe

  11. The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.”
    Alberto Giacometti

  12. The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”  Auguste Rodin

  13. It is important to express oneself...provided the feelings are real and are taken from you own experience.”  Berthe Morisot

  14. To be an artist is to believe in life.” Henry Moore

  15. Every good painter paints what he is.” Jackson Pollock

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

  17. In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

  18. Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” Georgia O’Keeffe

  19. What moves men of genius, or rather 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

  20. edward hopper quotesArt must be an expression of love or it is nothing.” Marc Chagall

  21. Don't be an art critic, but paint, there lies salvation.” Paul Cezanne

  22. Life obliges me to do something, so I paint.” Rene Magritte

  23. If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” Marc Chagall

  24. I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for.” Georgia O'Keeffe

  25. The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” Pablo Picasso

  26. A Good artist has less time than ideas.” Martin Kippenberger

  27. Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.” Andy Warhol

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

  29. I paint for myself. I don't know how to do anything else, anyway. Also I have to earn my living, and occupy myself.”  Francis Bacon

  30. henry moore quotesA work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” Paul Cezanne

  31. Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it.” Salvador Dali

  32. The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.” Lucian Freud

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

  34. Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.” Leonardo da Vinci

  35. If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.” Michelangelo

  36. Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Claude Monet

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

  38. Painting is a means of self-enlightenment.” John Olsen

  39. I don't say everything, but I paint everything.” Pablo Picasso

  40. andy warhol quotesThe only time I feel alive is when I'm painting.” Vincent Van Gogh

  41. “The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it.” Banksy

  42. Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp

  43. An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” Charles Horton Cooley

  44. There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it.” Henry Moore

  45. One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” Leonardo da Vinci

  46. An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.” Paul Valéry

  47. The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle

  48. No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” Oscar Wilde

  49. Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” Pablo Picasso

  50. kurt vonnegut quotesLife beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” Stella Adler

  51. To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.”  Schumann

  52. I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.'Vincent Van Gogh

  53. Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Leonardo da Vinci

  54. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.” Pablo Picasso

  55. I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him freeMichelangelo

  56. “For me, painting is a way to forget life.  It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.” Georges Rouault

  57. Art is the stored honey of the human soul.” Theodore Dreiser

  58. An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” James McNeill Whistler

  59. Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh

  60. miles david quotesCreativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams

  61. Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.” Edgar Degas

  62. Inspiration does exist but it must find you working.” Pablo Picasso

  63. The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.” Vincent Van Gogh

  64. The artist's world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep.” Paul Strand

  65. It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

  66. Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” Dr Suess

  67. There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” Pablo Picasso

  68. It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.” Vincent Van Gogh

  69. If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle.”  Albrecht Durer

  70. paul strand quotesIt took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Pablo Picasso

  71. I wish they would only take me as I am.” Vincent Van Gogh

  72. Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.” Rembrandt

  73. “Art is never finished, only abandoned” Leonardo Da Vinci

  74. To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” Kurt Vonnegut

  75. It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.” Mark Rothko

  76. "Art, Undeniably, is conductive to happiness." unknown

  77. twyla tharp quotesLove always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.” Vincent Van Gogh

  78. Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso

  79. Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.” Andy Warhol

  80. The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” Robert Hughes

  81. "If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” Émile Zola

  82. I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” Vincent Van Gogh

  83. van gogh quotes"The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless." Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  84. "A painting is never finished - it simply stops in interesting places." Paul Gardner

  85. A great artist is always before his time or behind it.” George Moore

  86. "As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward." Vincent van Gogh

  87. Do not fear mistakes - there are none.” Miles David

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

  89. “In our time there are many artists who do something because it is new; they see their value and their justification in this newness. They are deceiving themselves; novelty is seldom the essential. This has to do with one thing only; making a subject better from its intrinsic nature.” Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

  90. Touch People with your Art - Click Here!You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat.” Pierre Auguste Renoir

  91. The emotions are sometimes so strong that I work without knowing it. The strokes come like speech.” Vincent Van Gogh

  92. "If I were called upon to define briefly the word Art, I should call it the reproduction of what the senses preceive in nature, seen through the veil of the soul." Paul Cezanne

  93. "If you always do what you always did - you'll always get what you always got."

  94. Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” - John W. Gardner

  95. The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” - Robert Henri

  96. Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” - Andre Gide

  97. I invent nothing, I rediscover.” Auguste Rodin

  98. I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” Vincent van Gogh

  99. Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Henry Ward Beecher

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  1. "Good art keeps you warm", Andy Goldsworthy

  2. Thank you for putting these together - truly inspiring - and for being generous in allowing others to use them.

  3. @Cheryl O Thank-you Cheryl for visiting.. much appreciated!

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  5. Thank you for putting this together.
    I can use them in my class.

  6. Fabulous collection of quotes. Thank you.

  7. oh my god. these quotes are perfect. i can relate my life, my nature, my art so much with these quotes. thank you!!!:D

  8. oh my god! these quotes are perfect. i can totally relate my life, my art, my nature like so much with these quotes! thanks a ton:D

  9. Art of making is not became fulfill with out the Art of living.

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  11. Those quotes are very inspired.😃

  12. Some of the quotes are stunning. This one is my favorite “A Good artist has less time than ideas.” I think I have to print it and put it on my desk. Thank you for the good content. These quotes also proved to be useful to me . I hope you will like them too.

  13. Let me add the 100th Inspirational Artist Quote:

    "To anyone who doesn’t believe there’s money in being a fine artist: being paid in a perfect night’s sleep (after art) is the most priceless thing of all." - Lowell S.V. Devin, New American Fine Artist

  14. Great quotes. Many thanks for sharing :)

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