Most Inspiring Art Quotes from the Ingenious Artists

by Cristian I

As I work at my drawings, day after day, what seemed unattainable before is now gradually becoming possible. Slowly, I'm learning to observe and measure. I don't stand quite so helpless before nature any longer. ― Vincent van Gogh

Every artist, beginner or professional, will need a little ignite to fuel up the inspiration ?

When you make art, you know that not every piece of work you create will become a masterpiece, and that is for sure.

And sometimes these bad moments can bring us down a bit, losing our faith in what we do.

But have no fear … a list of 100+ inspirational art quotes is here!

These art quotes are collected from famous people and hopefully, will spark your motivation!


Top 10 Quotes For Art

For the start, we picked up 10 art quotes to see what other artists are thinking about.

1. “Every artist was first an amateur.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. “To be an artist is to believe in life.”

― Henry Moore

3. “Art is coming face to face with yourself.”

― Jackson Pollock

4. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

― Thomas Merton

5. “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

― Edgar Degas

6. “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

7. “Art is to console those who are broken by life.”

― Vincent Van Gogh

8. “Art is what you can get away with”

― Andy Warhol

9. “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”

― Banksy

10. “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”

― Pablo Picasso

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11. Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

― Pablo Picasso

12. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

― Henry David Thoreau

13. Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life.

― John Lubbock

14. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.

― Anais Nin

15. Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.

― Al Hirschfeld

16. It is only when we are no longer fearful that we begin to create.

― J. M. W. Turner

17. Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art.

― Susan Sontag

18. A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.

― Leonardo da Vinci

19. The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.

― Jerzy Kosinski

20. Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.

― Henry Ward Beecher

21. There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.

― Pablo Picasso

22. I just wanted to paint and sketch and tell stories by drawing.

― Robert Redford

23. Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.

― Keith Haring

24. Drawing is like making an expressive gesture, with the advantage of permanence.

― Henri Matisse

25. Whoever wants to know something about me, they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognise what I am and what I want.

― Gustav Klimt

26. Success is a worn down pencil.

― Robert Rauschenberg

27. If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.

― Marc Chagall

28. The Achilles heel of an artist lies in the hope that his art is good.

― Kapil Gupta

29. The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

― Aristotle

30. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.

― Anais Nin

31. Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

― Pablo Picasso

32. Drawing at its best is not what your eyes see but what our mind understands.

― Millard Sheets

33. When I paint, I never think of selling. People fail to understand that we paint in order to experiment and to develop ourselves as we strive for greater heights.

― Edvard Munch

34. Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.

― Leo Tolstoy

35. All these months I’ve been trying to find find a pattern. Trying not so much to draw hands as gestures. Not so much faces as the expressions of people.

― Vincent van Gogh

36. Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.

― Pablo Picasso

37. You have a million excuses. Write anyway.

― Carrie Kei Heim

38. Art is longing. You never arrive, but you keep going in the hope that you will.

― Anselm Kiefer

39. Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.

― Leonardo da Vinci

40. An empty canvas is full.

― Robert Rauschenberg

41. I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.

― Georgia O’Keeffe

42. It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.

― Albert Einstein

43. Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.

― Ray Bradbury

44. Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art.

― Neil Gaiman

45. More important than a work of art itself is what it will sow. Art can die, a painting can disappear. What counts is the seed.

― Joan Miro

46. While drawing I discover what I really want to say.

― Dario Fo

47. If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery. It wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.

― Michelangelo

48. Art is a line around your thoughts.

― Gustav Klimt

49. Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get the work done. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you’re not going to make an awful lot of work.

― Chuck Close

50. In drawing, one must look for or suspect that there is more than is casually seen.

― George Bridgman

51. As I work at my drawings, day after day, what seemed unattainable before is now gradually becoming possible. Slowly, I’m learning to observe and measure. I don’t stand quite so helpless before nature any longer.

― Vincent van Gogh

52. A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.

― Paul Cezanne

53. There is no must in art because art is free.

― Wassily Kandinsky

54. To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful and pretty. There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is, without creating still more of them.

― Pierre-Auguste Renoir

55. A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.

― Salvador Dali

56. A true masterpiece does not tell everything.

― Albert Camus

57. Every child has the spirit of creation. The rubbish of life often exterminates the spirit through plague and a soul’s own wretchedness.

― Peter Paul Rubens

58. Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still until your eyes ache.

― David Hockney

59. Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.

― Jackson Pollock

60. In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece.

― Kai Greene

61. A work is finished when an artist realizes his intentions.

― Rembrandt

62. The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.

― Joan Miro

63. It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.

― Paul Cezanne

64. When I’m painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It’s only after a “get acquainted period” that I see what I’ve been about.

― Jackson Pollock

65. If you as a designer don’t believe in your design and don’t see it beyond the context of the film, instead of as a real creature in a real-world then how can you expect the audience to believe it?

― Peter Jackson

66. I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn’t know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest. Anybody can do what I do.

― Bob Ross

67. My idea of heaven is to wake up, have a good breakfast, and spend the rest of the day drawing.

― Peter Falk

68. For me drawing is an attempt to understand what I feel about the world I live in.

― Brian Froud

69. Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.

― Vincent van Gogh

70. Painting from nature is not copying the object, it’s realizing one’s sensations.

― Paul Cezanne

71. I paint flowers so they will not die.

― Frida Kahlo

72. The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul.

― Wassily Kandinsky

73. An artist must have his measuring tools not in the hand, but in the eye.

― Michelangelo

74. Sketching is almost everything. It is the painter’s identity, his style, his conviction, and then color is just a gift to the drawing.

― Fernando Botero

75. Those who do not want to imitate anything produce nothing.

― Salvador Dali

76. Never worry about being obsessive. I like obsessive people. Obsessive people make great art.

― Susan Sontag

77. A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.

― Leonardo da Vinci

78. The principle of true art is not to portray but to evoke.

― Jerzy Kosinski

79. Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.

― Henry Ward Beecher

80. Colour is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment.

― Claude Monet

81. The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.

― Neil Gaiman

82. He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

― Saint Francis of Assisi

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

― Stella Adler

84. Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

― Pablo Picasso

85. The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist.

― Eric Gill

86. You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.

― Joan Miro

87. The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.

― Leonardo da Vinci

88. Practice what you know and it will help you to make clear what you do not know.

― Rembrandt

89. Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see – to see correctly – and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye.

― Kimon Nicolaides

90. The great artists of the past were aware that human life is full of chaos and suffering. But they had a remedy for this. And the name of that remedy was beauty. The beautiful work of art brings consolation in sorrow and affirmation in joy. It shows human life to be worthwhile.

― Roger Scruton

91. One must always draw, draw with the eyes when one cannot draw with a pencil.

― Balthus

92. How you draw is a reflection of how you feel about the world. You’re not capturing it, you’re interpreting it.

― Juliette Aristides

93. If you hear a voice within you saying, ”You are not a painter,” then by all means paint…and that voice will be silenced.

― Vincent van Gogh

94. Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.

― Edgar Degas

95. Stay firmly in your path and dare. Be wild two hours a day!

― Paul Gauguin

96. Drawing things makes them seem more real and makes me feel more alive. It also makes me pin down and remember things landscapes, season, weather, occasions, incidents, people that would otherwise have melted from my memory.

― David Gentleman

97. Drawing is a form of probing. And the first generic impulse to draw derives from the human need to search, to plot points, to place things and to place oneself.

― John Berger

98. Drawing is vision on paper.

― Andrew Loomis

99. What keeps my heart awake is colourful silence.

― Claude Monet

100. It is not enough to know your craft, you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more.

― Edouard Manet

101. I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

― Michelangelo

102. Drawing is giving a performance; an artist is an actor who is not limited by the body, only by his ability and, perhaps, experience.

― Marc Davis

103. Creativity is intelligence having fun.

― Albert Einstein

104. It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover, to your surprise, that you have rendered something in its true character.

― Camille Pissarro

105. The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.

― Leonardo da Vinci

You Should Now Be Ready To Fly!

Congratulations on reaching the end of the article ?

You should now be ready to fly away and let your imagination guide your creative process having in mind the quotes of the people you liked the most.


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