Quotes about Art


The minkukel database includes a collection of quotes and proverbs about art and modern art. Enjoy!

Total found: 54

"To the man who loves art for its own sake, it is frequently in its least important and lowliest manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived."

Sherlock Holmes
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

… if there happens to be an abandoned air compressor nearby, it should have a sign that says: “Notice! This is not art!” so the public does not waste time enjoying the wrong thing.

Dave Barry

A tiny but dignified old lady was among a group looking at an art exhibition in a newly opened gallery. One modern painting caught her eye. "What on earth," she inquired of the artist standing nearby, "is that?"

He smiled condescendingly. "That, my dear lady, is supposed to be a mother and her child."

"Well, then," snapped the little old lady, "why isn't it?"

A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.

Edmond de Goncourt

Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.

Al Capp

An artist never really finishes his work,
he merely abandons it.

Paul Valery

Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.

Edith Wharton

Anyway, in the corner of one container there was a ratty old collapsed armchair — worn, dirty, leaking stuffing, possibly housing active vermin colonies. I asked the gallery person if the chair was art, and she said yes, it was a work titled “Chair.” I asked her what role the artist had played in creating “Chair.” She said: “He found it.”

Dave Barry

Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature’s unrealized ends.


Art does not exist only to entertain, but also to challenge one to think, to provoke, even to disturb, in a constant search for truth.

Barbra Streisand

Art has no enemy except ignorance.


Art hath an enemy called Ignorance.


Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms.

Sherlock Holmes
The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.

Andre Gide

Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.

Jean Cocteau

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