Quotes

“Charles, I will not stop living and breathing art just because you need to relax. I’m here with you. I will live with you in this hellhole, but I must express myself. If you don’t let me gut out this house and make it my own, I will go insane, and I will take you with me!” – Catharine O’Hara as Deelia Deetz, Beetlejuice

“My father was a writer. You would’ve liked him. He used to say that artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up.” – Natalie Portman as Evey Hammond, V for Vendetta

“These nice older women were asking me how I’d done them and I didn’t have the heart to tell them what they really were because their noses were right up against them.” – Andy Warhol on his Oxidation collection

“Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.” – Van Goh

“I always say that I’m an artist who works with pictures and words, so I think that the different aspects of my activity, whether it’s writing criticism, or doing visual work that incorporates writing, or teaching, or curating, is all of a single cloth, and I don’t make any separation in terms of those practices.” Barbara Kruger

“For an impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations”. Paul Cezanne

“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality” – Frida Kahlo

“They will not get it into their heads that these paintings were created in all seriousness and in suffering, that they are the products of sleepless nights, that they have cost me blood and weakened my nerves.” Edward Munch

“The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.” Auguste Rodin

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for” – Georgia O’Keefe

They are imbeciles who call my work abstract. That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things.” Brancusi

“Even if so inclined, an artist has no business to marry. For a man, it may be well enough, but for a woman, on whom matrimonial duties and cares weigh more heavily, it is a moral wrong, for she must either neglect her family, or her profession.” – Harriet Hosmer

“Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.” – Picasso

“My illustrious lordship, I’ll show you what a woman can do.” Artemisia Gentileschi

“Everything starts from a dot” – Kandinsky

“I have touched with a sense of art some people – they felt the love and the life. Can you offer me anything to compare to that joy for an artist?” – Mary Cassatt

“To approach the spiritual in art, one will make as little use as possible of reality, because reality is opposed to the spiritual.” Piet Mondrion

“When I am painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It’s only after a get acquainted period that I see what I’ve been about. I’ve no fears about making changes for the painting has a life of its own.” – Jackson Polluck

“I never violate an inner rhythm. I loathe to force anything… I don’t know if the inner rhythm is Eastern or Western. I know it is essential for me. I listen to it and I stay with it. I have always been this way. I have regards for the inner voice.” – Lee Kasner

“You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognise it, how to control it, and ways to eliminate it so that the whole surface looks felt and born all at once.” – Helen Frankenthaler

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