Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild.
The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful; one must sense him everywhere but never see him.
Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.
I think the most important thing for an artist is to not worry about what anybody else thinks. You just have to do what comes from your heart and your being and put it out there-that's true in any of the arts.
Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.
An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.
The art is long, life is short.
What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.
Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
The essential function of art is moral. But a passionate, implicit morality, not didactic. A morality which changes the blood, rather than the mind.
The cult of art gives pride; one never has too much of it.
Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor.
The artist is the medium between his fantasies and the rest of the world.
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language.
There is no prejudice that the work of art does not finally overcome.
The greatest artist has no conception which a single block of white marble does not potentially contain within its mass, but only a hand obedient to the mind can penetrate to this image.
The art of doing mathematics consists in finding that special case which contains all the germs of generality.
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it.
Art-speech is the only truth. An artist is usually a damned liar, but his art, if it be art, will tell you the truth of his day.
The productions of all arts are kinds of poetry and their craftsmen are all poets.
The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart.