Quotes from Painters

Some say art is the closest thing to life and I tend to agree. Artists, in particular painters, are both craftsmen and philosophers. A painting without a soul or meaning is nothing more than a fancy paper, befitting only for decor. Art history seems to share a parallel path with human history. Studying great artwork gives us deeper insights into the artistic process as well as social thinking.  

"I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them." Picasso

"Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth." Picasso

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark." Michelangelo

"The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one's self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course." Michelangelo

"Art is never finished, only abandoned." Leonardo da Vinci

"Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?" Leonardo da Vinci

"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day." Vincent van Gogh

"I dream of painting and then I paint my dream." Vincent van Gogh 

"No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition." Claude Monet

"People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love." Claude Monet

"Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them." Thomas Kinkade

"It is easy to have a lot of paintings or projects hanging around that are almost done." Thomas Kinkade

"I think we're much smarter than we were. Everybody knows that abstract art can be art, and most people know that they may not like it, even if they understand there's another purpose to it." Roy Lichtenstein 

"Pop Art looks out into the world. It doesn't look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself." Roy Lichtenstein 

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