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Are you an artist looking for some inspirational art quotes?

Be it that you're an artist or just someone looking for quotes about art to move you, stir you or inspire you, you'll be sure to leave with a quote or two that resonate with your soul being.

Without art, the world would be a much less colorful and beautiful place. Everywhere we look, we could detect the art left by some inspired artists, but that appreciation would have to come from your own creative heart.

May these quotes uplift your spirits! Enjoy!




A work of art is a world in itself, reflecting senses and emotions of the artist’s world.
-- Hans Hofmann

A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.
-- Eugene Ionesco

All art is an imitation of nature.
-- Seneca

All art requires courage.
-- Anne Tucker

All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.
-- M. C. Richards

Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
-- Dame Rebecca West

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
-- Thomas Merton

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

Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother’s womb.
-- Jean Arp

Art is....a question mark in the minds of those who want to know what's happening.
-- Aaron Howard

Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.
-- Cicero

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
-- Paul Gauguin

Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind.
-- Louise Nevelson

Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life.
-- Jean Paul Richter

Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.
-- Lincoln Steffens

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
-- Edgar Degas

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
-- Amy Lowell

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
-- Twyla Tharp

Art is so wonderfully irrational, exuberantly pointless, but necessary all the same.
-- Gunther Grass

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
-- Alfred North Whitehead

Art is the triumph over chaos.
-- John Cheever

Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul - and you answer.
-- Star Richés

Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
-- G. K. Chesterton

As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.
-- John Lubbock

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
-- Salvador Dali

Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.
-- Roy Adzak

Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist.
-- Edward Hopper

Great art picks up where nature ends.
-- Marc Chagall

I already have a wife who is too much for me.. she is my art, and my works are my children.
-- Michelangelo

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

I do not want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.
-- Carrie Fisher

I don't believe in an art that is not born out of man's need to open his heart.
-- Edvard Munch

I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.
-- Jean Michel Basquiat

I suppose no matter what I'm drawing, there will always be some sort of question in my mind about it. A work of art (even cartoon art) is never really finished; it is abandoned.
-- Brooke McEldowney

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
-- Stella Adler

Simplicity is the essence of the great, the true, and the beautiful in art.
-- George Sand

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
-- Aristotle

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
-- Walt Whitman

The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need but the creation of a need. The world never needed Beethoven's Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not live without it.
-- Louis I Kahn

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
-- John Updike

Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake.
-- E. M. Forster

You're confusing product with process. Most people, when they criticize, whether they like it or hate it, they're talking about product. That's not art, that's the result of art. Art, to whatever degree we can get a handle on (I'm not sure that we really can) is a process. It begins in the heart and the mind with the eyes and hands.
-- Jeff Melvoin

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