Famous quotes by Artists


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"Painting is the representation of visible forms. The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal"
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"I hope to live all my life for my art, without abandoning my principles one iota"
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"Fine art is knowledge made visible"
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"The expression of beauty is in direct ratio to the power of conception the artist has acquired"
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"Painting is an essentially concrete art and can only consist of the representation of real and existing things"
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"I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom; I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients"
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"Beauty, like truth, is relative to the time when one lives and to the individual who can grasp it. The expression of beauty is in direct ratio to the power of conception the artist has acquired"
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"France is the only nation in which astoundingly small numbers of civilized patrons reside"
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"I'm cautious about using fire. It can become theatrical. I am interested in the heat, not the flames"
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"I have worked with this red all over the world - in Japan, California, France, Britain, Australia - a vein running round the earth. It has taught me about the flow, energy and life that connects one place with another"
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"I am not a performer but occasionally I deliberately work in a public context. Some sculptures need the movement of people around them to work"
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"People do not realise that many of my works are done in urban places. I was brought up on the edge of Leeds, five miles from the city centre-on one side were fields and on the other, the city"
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"I have walked around the same streets so many times, and then seen a place that had been hidden to me. I now know the sites in a way that makes me think I could have made better use of the connections between place and snowball"
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"It takes between three and six hours to make each snowball, depending on snow quality. Wet snow is quick to work with but also quick to thaw, which can lead to a tense journey to the cold store"
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"All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today"
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"Man was created as a being who should constantly keep improving, a being who on reaching one goal sets a higher one"
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"The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights"
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"The human heart is as a frail craft on which we wish to reach the stars"
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"Take pleasure in your dreams; relish your principles and drape your purest feelings on the heart of a precious lover"
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"Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning"
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"Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour"
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"Western art is built on the biographical passion of one artist for another"
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"My attitude towards drawing is not necessarily about drawing. It's about making the best kind of image I can make, it's about talking as clearly as I can"
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"I've never had an easy relationship with critics. I hold a lot of homicide in my heart. If this was another time, I'd be packing a piece"
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"I have come to terms with a lot of things, because, when all's said and done, there's really very little one can do about a lot of things. You just accept them. The point is you just have to keep on working and you just have to keep on living"
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"Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change"
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"Jazz is the art of thinking out loud"
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"Marriage should be a duet - when one sings, the other claps"
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"Open a magazine from the 1930s and '40s and look at the illustrations in it. There's nobody alive that could touch the way they could draw back then"
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"For me, each nuance of a color is in some way an individual, a being who is not only from the same race as the base color, but who definitely possesses a distinct character and personal soul"
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