Quotes about Art

There is so much beauty in art. It’s a passion for some people. In fact, they may feel such a drawing towards it, that they get their degrees in the art field. From fashion design to animation, all art is not quite useless as Oscar Wilde suggests. So here are some quotes about art that may make you think a bit differently about the aesthetic appeal in its entirety.

Art can be anything, even an obscure, ironic tourist picture. (photo by electricnerve)

Art can be anything, even an obscure, ironic tourist picture. (photo by electricnerve)

1. Georgia O’Keeffe, a modernist painter who gained recognition for her art in the 1920s.

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

2. Stella Adler, American actress and acting teacher who founded the Stella Adler Academy of Acting in 1985.

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”

3. The New Yorker

“But that’s what being an artist is – feeling crummy before everyone else feels crummy.”

4. Henry Miller, writer of works such as Tropic of Cancer, and Tropic of Capricorn.

“The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist.  The artist does not tinker with the universe, he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.”

5. Oscar Wilde, playwright and novelist.

“God and other artists are always a little obscure.”

6. George Jean Nathan, in his novel “The House of Satan.”

“Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.”

7. Mark Stevens, American actor.

“One of the best things about paintings is their silence – which prompts reflection and random reverie.”

8. Jennifer Yane, both an artist and cat lover (yes I felt it necessary to include that last tidbit!)

“Spirituality is art in drag.”

9. Leonard Bernstein in “What Makes Opera Grand.”

“Any great work of art… revives and re-adapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world – the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.”

10. G.K. Chesterton, English writer who wrote on philosophy, ontology, poetry, and Christian apologetics, among other things.

“Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.”

11. Neil Gaiman, English author of many versatile writings.

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.”

12. Oscar Wilde, prologue to The Picture of Dorian Gray.

“It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself.”

and,

“The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.”

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