Quotes about Art

Minkukel

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



“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 painter’s got a canvas. The writer’s got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.

Keith Richards


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.

Aristotle


… 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.

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Barbra Streisand


… 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.

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?


… 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.

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?


… 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.

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Sherlock Holmes
The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter
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.

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Andre Gide


… 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.

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Jean Cocteau


… 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.

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Minkukel


… 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.

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Jean Paul



… 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.

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… 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.

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Friedrich Schiller


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?”

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Edgar Allan Poe


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?”

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Minkukel


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?”

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?


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?”

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Jeet Aulakh


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?”

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Ludwig van Beethoven


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?”

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Fleur Adcock


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?”

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John Lubbock


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?”

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(No everybody has the same taste.)


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?”

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Anatoly Karpov


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?”

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Claude Monet


A painter’s got a canvas. The writer’s got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.

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Kim Nance


A painter’s got a canvas. The writer’s got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.

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Pablo Picasso


A painter’s got a canvas. The writer’s got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.

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Bela Bartok


A painter’s got a canvas. The writer’s got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.

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Henri Matisse


A painter’s got a canvas. The writer’s got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.

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A painter’s got a canvas. The writer’s got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson


A painter’s got a canvas. The writer’s got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.

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Pablo Picasso


A painter’s got a canvas. The writer’s got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.

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Oscar Wilde


A painter’s got a canvas. The writer’s got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.

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Leo Tolstoy


A painter’s got a canvas. The writer’s got reams of empty paper. A musician has silence.

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Salvador Dali


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

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Charles Rosin


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

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Vincent Van Gogh


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

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Vincent Van Gogh


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

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

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Dave Barry


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

5

Craig Damrauer


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

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?


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

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John Ciardi


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

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Freddie Mercury


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

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Nathaniel Hawthorne


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

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Walter Savage Landor


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

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Thomas Carlyle


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

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Mr. Bean
Bean (movie 1997)


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

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Edgar Degas


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

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Bill Watterson


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

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Carl Sandburg


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

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Dave Barry


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

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Philip James Bailey


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

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Leonardo da Vinci


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

9

Tom Stoppard


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

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Dave Barry


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

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Friedrich Nietzsche


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

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Paul Gauguin


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

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Vincent van Gogh


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

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Michelangelo


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

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Vincent Van Gogh


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

6

Octavio Paz


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

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Augustus Saint-Gaudens


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

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William Blake


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

9

Fernando Pessoa


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

0

Stanley Horowitz


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

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John Williams.