5 Art Quotes to remind us why artists are such badasses

In order to be an artist you have to be a badass, it’s a requirement of the job. That artist life ain’t easy so only a courageous, resilient, badass can play with the big boys and girls. The most badass artists of all time were visionaries - those that dared to push boundaries are the ones who left their mark. They gave zero fucks about what others thought and never let the haters and naysayers dull their shine. Only a badass has the ability to dust the shirt off their shoulder and still make it happen, regardless. Below are our 5 favorite art quotes from 5 legendary artists that remind us all that being an artist is badass in itself.

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“Creativity takes courage”

-Henri Matisse

Luxembourg Gardens by Henri Matisse (1903)

Amen, Matisse! To be creative, one must know how to think outside of the box. Thinking outside of the box takes courage. It takes courage to be a visionary and that’s just bad ass in itself. So keep creating and go on with your outside of the box thinking, courageous, badass self.

Creativity takes courage
— Henri Matisse

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“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”

-Emile Zola

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Living out loud is exactly what an artist does. The ability to live out loud is also pretty badass in itself, so if an artist lives out loud, they’re pretty badass, right? And Emile Zola was a badass indeed.

Zola was one of the rare successful authors during a time when writers were truly starving artists. It’s pretty badass that Zola was able to make a considerable amount of money as a writer during the late 1800s. He knew his purpose and this enabled him to leave his mark on the world while he was alive.

So as an artist, it’s important to recognize your purpose and never doubt it! After all, badasses don’t doubt the fact that they’re badasses! :)

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
— Emile Zola

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

-Salvador Dali

Birth of Liquid Desires by Salvador Dali (1931-1932)

Inspirational people are badasses, no doubt. According to Dali, true artists inspire so needless to say artists are badasses. Given the legacy that Dali left, it’s safe to say that he was undeniably a badass that inspired many..

A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.”
— Salvador Dali

I’m not a real person. I’m a legend.
— Jean Michel-Basquiat

I am a bitch. I’m a painter
— Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo clearly meant that she’s THAT bitch because she knows THAT bitch, is a badass.