i (i) wrote,

artists on art

Thanks to pixelpixie for the link to Simpsons Contemporary Quotations where I found all these great quotes. (she has a bunch of good ones posted too)

AUTHOR: Georges Braque
QUOTATION: Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas.
ATTRIBUTION: Recalled on his death 31 Aug 63

AUTHOR: Marc Chagall
QUOTATION: I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment.
ATTRIBUTION: Recalled on his death 28 Mar 85

AUTHOR: Marc Chagall
QUOTATION: Great art picks up where nature ends.
ATTRIBUTION: Time 30 Dec 85

AUTHOR: Winston Churchill
QUOTATION: The first quality that is needed is audacity.
ATTRIBUTION: Painting as a Pleasure Whittesay House 50

AUTHOR: Jean Cocteau
QUOTATION: An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.
ATTRIBUTION: Newsweek 16 May 55

AUTHOR: Salvador Dali
QUOTATION: Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
ATTRIBUTION: Replying at age 80 to reports that his assistants did much of his painting, ib 19 Mar 85

AUTHOR: Jean Dubuffet
QUOTATION: For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.
ATTRIBUTION: New Yorker 16 Jun 73

AUTHOR: Luis Frangella
QUOTATION: When something needs to be painted it lets me know.
ATTRIBUTION: Esquire Apr 86

AUTHOR: Corita Kent
QUOTATION: A painting [is] a symbol for the universe. Inside it, each piece relates to the other. Each piece is only answerable to the rest of that little world. So, probably in the total universe, there is that kind of total harmony, but we get only little tastes of it.
ATTRIBUTION: Newsweek 17 Dec 84

AUTHOR: Dong Kingman
QUOTATION: Most artists are surrealists…. always dreaming something and then they paint it.
ATTRIBUTION: Quoted in Mary Ann Guitar ed Twenty-two Famous Painters and Illustrators Tell How They Work McKay 64

AUTHOR: Roy Lichtenstein
QUOTATION: I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
ATTRIBUTION: Quoted by Deborah Solomon “The Art behind the Dots” NY Times 8 Mar 87

AUTHOR: Jacques Lipchitz
QUOTATION: Imagination is a very precise thing, you know—it is not fantasy; the man who invented the wheel while he was observing another man walking—that is imagination!
ATTRIBUTION: Chicago Tribune 4 Jun 67

AUTHOR: Jacques Lipchitz
QUOTATION: All my life as an artist I have asked myself: What pushes me continually to make sculpture? I have found the answer…. art is an action against death. It is a denial of death. ATTRIBUTION: Chicago Tribune 4 Jun 67

AUTHOR: Henri Matisse
QUOTATION: You study, you learn, but you guard the original naiveté. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.
ATTRIBUTION: Time 26 Jun 50

AUTHOR: Henry Moore
QUOTATION: It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work.
ATTRIBUTION: Henry Moore on Sculpture Viking 67

AUTHOR: Georgia O’Keeffe
QUOTATION: [Sun-bleached bones] were most wonderful against the blue—that blue that will always be there as it is now after all man’s destruction is finished.
ATTRIBUTION: On desert skies of New Mexico, Newsweek 17 Mar 86

AUTHOR: Pablo Picasso
QUOTATION: When one starts from a portrait and seeks by successive eliminations to find pure form … one inevitably ends up with an egg.
ATTRIBUTION: Look 6 Jun 56

AUTHOR: Pablo Picasso
QUOTATION: Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
ATTRIBUTION: ib 21 Sep 58

AUTHOR: Pablo Picasso
QUOTATION: There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
ATTRIBUTION: Quote 21 Mar 65

AUTHOR: Pablo Picasso
QUOTATION: Those trying to explain pictures are as a rule completely mistaken.
ATTRIBUTION: Quoted in Dore Ashton ed Picasso on Art Viking 72

AUTHOR: Jackson Pollock
QUOTATION: He drove his kind of realism at me so hard I bounced right into nonobjective painting
ATTRIBUTION: On studying under Thomas Hart Benton at Manhattan’s Art Students League, Esquire Dec 83

AUTHOR: Macedonlo de la Torre
QUOTATION: The imagination must not be given too much material. It must be denied food so that it can work for itself.
ATTRIBUTION: NY Times 3 Feb 60
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