Artists on Art


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This is a compilation of views from some of the greatest artists on art itself. They not only created beautiful masterpieces, but tried to understand their role in the process. Their views vary, some are spiritual about their work, others are ambivalent, and others are emotional. The common thread is that living life and art are vital to the artist. How ironic that most great artists lived their life so recklessly and never seemed to enjoy it at all.

“My role in society, or any artist or poet’s role is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”
-John Lennon, Interview, KFRC RKO Radio, given the day of his death. December 8, 1980

“Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses – especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
-Leonardo DaVinci

“We work in the dark, we do what we can, we give what we have, our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task, the rest is the madness of art.”
-Henry James

“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
-Pablo Picasso

“All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.”
-Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Living, 1891

“The artist is a receptacle for the 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

“To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.”
-Auguste Rodin

These quotes found at http://www.quoteland.com/

Are there any quotes that you would like to share and add to this list? Please leave in comment and I will credit you for your input. 

 Tim Kissane contributed this one to the list.  Thank you. V

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
– Robin Williams

http://romi41.wordpress.com/ contributed Thanks Romi, always something great to add.  V

Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science”–Albert Einstein

dontdatethatdude contributed these great quotes, thank you for taking the time.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Be the change you want to see in the world.” both from Gandhi

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8 thoughts on “Artists on Art

  1. “How ironic that most great artists lived their life so recklessly and never seemed to enjoy it at all.”

    I would argue that most of the artists you listed lived their lives to the fullest and experienced more out of life than 99% of the population. Their genius is driven by a form of controlled madness that is channeled into their artistic output. Unfortunately, the madness is exacerbated with drug and drink to the point where their emotions become unbearable and they take their own lives or someone else takes their life.

    Great set of quotes though. One of my favorite Oscar Wilde quotes is: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”.

    Be sweet!

  2. Serena

    Hi, V!

    One of my favorite quotes, by a different kind of artist is:

    “If necessity is the mother of invention, then laziness is her father.” -Ed Snyder

    Another quality post. Thanks

  3. dontdatethatdude

    I love the quotes you posted! Thank you! There are so many I love, here are a few:
    Gandhi:
    Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
    And
    Be the change you want to see in the world.

    Douglas Adams:
    Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.

    Tom Robbins:
    If little else, the brain is an educational toy.

  4. romi41

    “Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science”–Albert Einstein

  5. Thanks, I love these, especially John Lennon (my childhood hero), and DaVinci. I agree with Caryn’s comment, but would extend it: life is art, or it can be. Some people leave no ‘paper trail’, but the way they live is an art form. Let every breath be an artistic expression of life and love.

    I’ll add these to your excellent selection:

    “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
    – Robin Williams

    “Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.”
    – Isaac Bashevis Singer

    “To sing well and to dance well is to be well-educated.”
    – Plato

    “I don’t believe in an art that is not born out of man’s need to open his heart.”
    – Edvard Munch

    “Art is not a thing; it is a way.”
    – Elbert Hubbard

    “Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us.”
    – Anonymous

    Peace.

  6. You know, when I first saw this I thought, “But I don’t do art. I can’t draw or paint or anything.” But then I read the wonderful quotes you provided and realized, for the millionth time, that art is what we make of it; it is so many different creative endeavors. These quotes apply just as equally to writing. Why do I always forget that fiction is art? Anyway, thanks for the quotes.

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