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 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


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


Art is a product of an artist. Modern art is a product of a self-proclaimed artist.

Minkukel


Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life.

Jean Paul


Art is long, life is short.


Art is the daughter of freedom.

Friedrich Schiller


Art is to look at not to criticize.

Edgar Allan Poe


Art is to look at. Modern art is to talk about.

Minkukel


Art is unconditional.

?


Art sometimes is as simple as nothing, and other times as mysterious as nature or a woman.

Jeet Aulakh


Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?

Ludwig van Beethoven


Art’s whatever you choose to frame.

Fleur Adcock


Creativity takes courage.

Henri Matisse


Did you hear about the two little boys who found themselves in a modern art gallery by mistake?-“Quick,” said one, “Run ! Before they say we did it!”


Every artist was first an amateur.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

Pablo Picasso


God and other artists are always a little obscure.

Oscar Wilde


Great works of art are only great because they are accessible and comprehensible to everyone.

Leo Tolstoy


Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.

Salvador Dali


I can’t criticize what I don’t understand. If you want to call this art, you’ve got the benefit of all my doubts.

Charles Rosin


If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

Vincent Van Gogh


It’s easy to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall, it’s a painting. If you can walk around it, it’s a sculpture.


Maybe the actual painting is on the other side.

Dave Barry


Modern art = I could do that + Yeah, but you didn’t.

Craig Damrauer


Modern art is a joke!

?


Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.

John Ciardi


Modern paintings are like women, you’ll never enjoy them if you try to understand them.

Freddie Mercury


Nice frame!

Mr. Bean
Bean (movie 1997)


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

Edgar Degas


People always make the mistake of thinking art is created for them. But really, art is a private language for sophisticates to congratulate themselves on their superiority to the rest of the world. As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.

Bill Watterson


Public Art, defined as “art that is purchased by experts who are not spending their own personal money.”

Dave Barry


Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art.

Philip James Bailey


Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci


Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.

Tom Stoppard


That’s not a trash bag — it’s art!

Dave Barry


The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

Friedrich Nietzsche


The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art’s audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.

Paul Gauguin


The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.

Vincent van Gogh


The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.

Michelangelo


What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.

Octavio Paz


What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens


When nations grow old, the arts grow cold, and commerce settles on every tree.

William Blake


Why is art beautiful? Because it's useless. Why is life ugly? Because it's all ends and purposes and intentions.

Fernando Pessoa