The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.
The object of art is to give life a shape.
Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.
It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
Don't be an art critic. Paint. There lies salvation.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
Personality is everything in art and poetry.
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
There hasn't been any art yet. Art is just beginning.
What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things... it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface.
To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.
Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.
No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.
Discipline in art is a fundamental struggle to understand oneself, as much as to understand what one is drawing.
The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
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.
All good art is an indiscretion.