Art Quotes

Literary Arts: A poem to remind us to not to be so hard on ourselves.

Love After Love by Derek Walcott

LOVE AFTER LOVE

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
— Derek Walcott

As we strive to be as great as we can be, we sometimes forget to enjoy ourselves. We often are our own worst critic, focusing on what we can do better rather than what we’re great at. We forget the brilliantly quirky ways, that make us who we are. This poem reminds us to chill out and treat ourselves graciously and with love and admiration.


5 Art Quotes to remind us to stay humble because no one likes an artist who’s full of themselves.

We all know a few of those artists that are just egotistical AF. They know who they are. We won’t put you on blast here, but we see you. Your ego won’t take you very far unless it’s a part of your schtick. If you think you’re so great, then why aren’t you so great? And no, it’s not because you haven’t been discovered yet. Take a cold hard look at yourself at think, is my lack of humility is holding me back? Even if you do manage to gain some level of success without any humility, you may end up falling flat on your face at some point.

A lack of humility comes across as egotistical AF.

Let’s be real. There aren’t a lack of inflated egos in the art game. We get it, artists have to believe in themselves. But by being ‘loud and proud,’ one can come across as egotistical. The worst part about an inflated ego? Most people can see right through it. An ego often serves as a defense mechanism designed to protect your insecure, sensitive, soul. In most cases, an inflated ego is a douche bag’s effort to make up for what they lack. That self-boasting, self-promoting loudmouth that thinks he’s the shit and no one can come close to him in his greatness? An egotistical prick. Truly confident people don’t have anything to prove so they’re often the most humble.

Humility helps you build relationships

Humility is one of the many characteristics that make people want to support you. NO one likes an egotistical prick. Acting like one is the fastest way to repel people. And you repel the person that can make or break your career. Most well adjusted people want to support others. Turn off your supporters, and you may be shooting yourself in the foot. Support is key in being able to make it as an artist so you may want to check your ‘tude at the gallery door.

Humility is the best way to check yourself and strive for more which keeps the hustle strong.

You can always be better. You can always do better. But don’t beat yourself down either. It’s possible to treat yourself with kindness while keeping a lit fire under your ass. Striving for more means that you’re always looking for ways to improve on your greatness. Whether we want to admit it or not, it’s a competitive, ever-evolving world so keeping your hustle strong means realizing that there’s always room for growth. It’s an essential part of your evolution as a creator.

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/humility_will_make_you_greatest_person_ever

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/10/17/17-reasons-humility-will-help-you-get-ahead/#1b2c83c2ac3a

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“Your ego can become an obstacle to your work. If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity.”

"Marina Abramovic" by Dina Lynnyk is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

 
Your ego can become an obstacle to your work. If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity.
— Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic cautioned against believing in one’s own greatness and she is one of the greatest female artists of all time! Marina cautioned about letting your ego get out of control. It can not only become an obstacle, but it can also kill your creativity altogether. Since your creativity is undoubtedly your lifeline, you may want to take heed of these words of wisdom.

Once you start believing in your greatness, you may stop working as hard. In order to make it and remain relevant, an artist must constantly work on their craft AND make more work! You’re only as relevant as your last song, art piece, etc. so if your creativity dies, so does your relevancy. Keep the fire lit because your livelihood depends on it.


The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.”

-Piet Mondrian

 
The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.
— Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian is often considered one of the great pioneers of abstract art and is also regarded as one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. Despite his influence and regard, Mondrian understood that humility is at the core of an artist’s work. According to Mondrian, art


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“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”

-Socrates

Statue of Socrates in Greece, Image by Raimund Feher from Pixabay

 
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
— Socrates

Socrates said this. One of the most brilliant philosophers of all time said this. Think about that. If Socrates believes that he knows nothing, the rest of us should certainly believe that there’s more to learn.


Seated Peasant (1892–96) by Paul Cezanne

 
The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.
— Paul Cezanne

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— Hope K.

5 art quotes that remind us that great art is forever

Diamonds aren’t the only things that are forever. Beauty fades, but art is forever. In fact, art actually gets better with age! Imagine if we all started to become more beautiful with each passing year? The one thing that does hold true whether you’re selling yourself or a piece of art is that the more well preserved the piece, the greater its value. With art, the value increases the longer “forever” becomes. With yourself, not so much but at least you can leave something behind that will last forever.

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

-Leonardo da Vinci

A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.
— Leonardo da Vinci

Unless technology finds a way to preserve that beautiful bod forever, it WILL deteriorate. I know I sound morbid, but it’s an unfortunate truth! :( On the bright side, the legacy you leave never dies. Unlike many other professions, an artist’s intention is to leave a legacy, to have an impact and to move people.


“I believe in general death but in the death of Dalí absolutely not.”

-Salvador Dali

 
I believe in general death but in the death of Dalí absolutely not.
— Salvador Dali

Dali couldn’t have said it any better. He kept it real with himself. He knew that Dali, the person, will eventually die but his legacy, not so much. While this may seem morbid, thinking about death this realistically, makes you question your sense of purpose and .


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“The idea is not to live forever; it is to create something that will.”

-Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). Mao (II.91), 1972. Screenprint. 36 x 36 in. Courtesy of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 
The idea is not to live forever; it is to create something that will.
— Andy Warhol

Unless science and technology find a way for us to become immortal, no one lives forever. However, our legacy can remain and it’s through what we create. As Dali himself said, there is no death of Dali. Andy Warhol died at 58, which is very young by today’s standards. Yet make no mistake, even with a short life, Andy Warhol was one of the biggest, most renown artists of all time. because he created iconic, legendary pieces that will last


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“A picture lives by its legend – not by anything else.”

-Pablo Picasso

La Diva (1901) by Pablo Picasso

 
A picture lives by its legend – not by anything else.
— Pablo Picasso

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— Hope K.

5 Art Quotes to remind us that as artists, we can’t be basic.

I’ve yet to meet a basic artist. I think. :) As an artist, you strive to be an original, fresh, visionary in your own right. While we can all understand that sentiment, it’s pretty hard to be revolutionary. Is it realistic to create art that is revolutionary? What is even considered revolutionary art? How do you know if your work is revolutionary? Oh, the many questions. :/

Reinventing the wheel is really just reinventing the way the wheel is interpreted. In fact, many of the greatest artists of all time admittedly incorporated ideas from other artists into their own work. All throughout history, the greatest artists of all time were inspired by their peers.

Are you keeping it real with yourself? Are you more basic than you think you are?

Hopefully as a reminder, below are 5 art quotes to remind you to never be basic, in case you forget.

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“Normality is a paved road; its comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.”

-Vincent Van Gogh

Normality is a paved road; its comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.
— Vincent Van Gogh

Normal = boring. Normal never changed the game. One may even ask, WTF is considered “normal” anyway? It is important to note that during Van Gogh’s reign, critical vocabulary was missing from the English language as we know it. It’s called being basic. Translated into today’s English. being basic is the epitome of normality.

Van Gogh’s interpretation of normality also proves that basic has been and always will be there. Most people choose to be comfortable and that’s fine. The road less traveled is often the most colorful - it’s the yellow brick road. :) Comfort leads to complacency and complacency doesn’t exist in an artist’s vocabulary.


“If I’m going to be anything more than average if anyone is going to remember me, then I need to go further, in art, in life, in everything!”

-Salvador Dali

Birth of Liquid Desires (1930 - 1932) by Salvador Dali

 
If I’m going to be anything more than average, if anyone is going to remember me, then I need to go further, in art, in life, in everything!
— Salvador Dali

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“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”

-Herman Melville

Page 510 of an original version of Moby Dick by Herman Melville

 
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
— Herman Melville

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“Originality depends on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist.”

-Georges Seurat

 
Originality depends on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist.
— Georges Seurat

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— Jonathan L.

5 Art Quotes to remind us that great art is sometimes, perfectly imperfect.

Art isn’t meant to be perfect. Perfection is unattainable and striving for it can be to your detriment. Some of the world’s greatest pieces of art are actually riddled with mistakes. At least to the artist, that is. To everyone else, behold a masterpiece. Perfection isn’t a human trait so art created by an imperfect human would also be imperfect, right?

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“Artists who approach perfection do not have many ideas.”

 
Artists who approach perfection do not have many ideas.
— Odilon Redon

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it”

-Salvador Dali

 
Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it
— Salvador Dali

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“The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.”

-Eugene Delacroix

The Agony in the Garden (1861) by Eugene Delacroix

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
— Eugene Delacroix

The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning, 1897 by Camille Pissarro

It is absurd to look for perfection.
— Camille Pissarro

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— Hope K.

5 Art Quotes about the powerful synergy between art and nature

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“Great art picks up where nature ends.”

-Marc Chagall

 
Great art picks up where nature ends.
— Marc Chagall

"Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see."

-Henri Rousseau

The Repast of the Lion, ca. 1907 by Henri Rousseau.

 
Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.
— Henri Rousseau

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“Don't paint from nature too much. Art is an abstraction. Derive this abstraction from nature while dreaming before it, and think more of the creation that will result.”

-Paul Gauguin

Tahitian Landscape, 1892 by Paul Gauguin

Don’t paint from nature too much. Art is an abstraction. Derive this abstraction from nature while dreaming before it, and think more of the creation that will result.
— Paul Gauguin

Bathers, 1874-1875 by Paul Cezanne

 
Art is a harmony parallel with nature.
— Paul Cezanne

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“Nature is a dictionary, one draws words from them.”

-Eugene Delacroix

Autumn Landscape, Champrosay, 1853-1856 by Eugene Delacroix

 
Nature is a dictionary, one draws words from them.
— Eugene Delacroix

5 Art Quotes to remind us that all the best people are crazy.

Let’s be real. It takes a little bit of crazy to be an artist. Most artists are a little nuts to a certain degree. ____ was known to be ____ and this artist was _______. And we mean “crazy” in the best way possible. Artists are visionaries and all of that creative brilliance can really mess with ya. :) In all seriousness though it’s

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“For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.”

-Jean Debuffet

by Jean Dubuffet

For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.
— Jean Dubuffet

Trees and Houses Near the Jas de Bouffan, 1885 - 1886 by Paul Cezanne

We live in a rainbow of chaos.
— Paul Cezanne

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“Not everyone is capable of madness; and of those lucky enough to be capable, not many have the courage for it.”

-August Strindberg

by August Strindberg

Not everyone is capable of madness; and of those lucky enough to be capable, not many have the courage for it.
— August Strindberg

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“No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.”

-Aristotle

Illustration of a “hairy child” born in France in 1597, with umbilical cord sprouting from the forehead, from an 1831 edition of Aristotle’s Masterpiece — Source.

No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.
— Aristotle

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“I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process.”

-Vincent Van Gogh

I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process.
— Vincent Van Gogh

5 Art Quotes from Pablo Picasso to remind us that action speak louder than words (and even vision).

Procrastination. Whether it’s because you overthink or you’re just lazy, it’ll knock you dead in your tracks and if you don’t take action, be prepared to lose. And lose fast.

Many people trick themselves into thinking that if they talk about their plans, they’re closer to accomplishing their goals. ______ Don’t be fooled. Just because you say you’re creating, what are you creating? Just because you’re creating, who are you creating for? Your pu

To fully master the art of artistry, one must master the art of the hustle. The most successful artists hustled to make a name for themselves. You are in control of your destiny so v out their destiny and sadly, many were never able to see the fruits of their labor and vision while they were alive.

Don’t get me wrong. I subscribe to the “new-agey” beliefs of manifestation, intention, the universe, blah, blah. But even as a believer, I know that words without actions are just words. Nothing else. Action is the fuel powering the intention. Combine that with some talent you’ve got yourself a great artist of all time.

Pablo Picasso is the “King of the Hustle.” He fervently preached that actions speak louder than words. One of the biggest art legends of all time believes that action is the key to success. So all of you artists just waiting to be discovered…you may have to keep waiting. Hustling hard is the name of the game and Picasso understands this. This is why he is who is he.

Let’s face it, it’s easy to get distracted as an artist. Being so damn creative can be both a gift and a curse. Those brilliant, visions can impede the process, we get it. :) In all seriousness though, artists get a bad rap for not finishing what they start. Procrastination is a dream killer and in order for your creative brilliance to be recognized by the masses, you have to get to work and make it happen yourself.

Below are five of our favorite quotes from Picasso that will remind you get up off your ass and get to work.

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“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”

-Pablo Picasso

Le Moulin de la Galette (1900), by Picasso

 
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone
— Pablo Picasso

Life is short. You can die tomorrow. It’s an unfortunate truth. If you do not finish what you’ve started by end of day, you run the risk of dying in your sleep before your work is complete. So finish or die. Just kidding. :)

While this quote is certainly extreme, Picasso is making a great point. We don’t know what tomorrow holds. Putting things off puts us at the risk of never finishing. We keep thinking, “one day,” but what if that one day never comes? We certainly hope to live a long, healthy, life full of abundance but…. but we should treat our projects as life or death.

A sense of urgency.

Adding a sense of urgency to anything that you do is key to getting it done. Picasso was the master of sense of urgency so it’s easy to see why he left such a legacy. We’re conditioned to answered to

But most art is self motivated. So having this sense of urgency can motivate you to become that authoritative voice that sets deadlines in your own head.


“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”

-Pablo Picasso

The Fourteenth of July (Le quatorze juillet) (1901) by Pablo Picasso

 
Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.
— Pablo Picasso

You’re not gonna be “discovered.”

Some people strike gold. The vast majority of us don’t. It’s a fact of life. For every one person that was discovered randomly in a mall or on Instagram, there’s thousands of other talented artists just waiting for their “big break.” Everyone’s unique these days so you’re probably more likely to be struck by lightening than to be “discovered.” Another brutally honest, unfortunate truth. However, if you’re working towards your goals, you’re producing more work. With more work you gain more visibility. More visibility increases your chances of being “discovered.” The more you do, the closer you get to the people that are doing what you do. So just do you and they will come find you doing what you do. Get it? :)

not only gives you control of your destiny, it also will increase your chances of being “found.” Also, success is within your control rather than leaving it up to destiny to find or discover you. No matter how talented you are, no one gets “discovered” if they’re “undiscoverable.” You have to put in the work to make things happen and no amount of chanting, crystals, spells, aren’t a substitute for hard work.

As you start working towards your goals, your plans may need to shift. Even your goals may change up a bit and that’s ok because plans change all of the time. But you can only adjust to a changes if you actually put the plan in motion!

You are a work in progress so as you keep working, you get better and better.

The man with the plan.

Picasso was the man with the plan. He was known for carefully _______. If you don’t plan accordingly, you’ll be ill prepared for the reality when things don’t go exactly as planned. It’s better to make minor adjustments to the plan along the way than to be hit with a brick wall that you can’t circumvent.


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“What one does is what counts and not what one had the intention of doing.”

-Pablo Picasso

Longchamp (1901) by Pablo Picasso

 
What one does is what counts and not what one had the intention of doing.
— Pablo Picasso

We totally understand your master plan. It’s all in your head and it’s brilliant! WE get it because WE just get it. :) Most of the world doesn’t understand or care about intention.

Intentions are a quarter of the battle. I believe in setting intentions but if they’re not backed by action, they’re just thoughts. No one cares about your thoughts.

Brilliant ideas don’t mean shit unless they’re put into motion. We’ve all “discovered” something or were the first person to do this or that. We get it. If you thought it or even said it, you still didn’t do it so unfortunately, your claim is null and void. No one wants to hear that you thought about x idea before this person or you invented y product first.


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“Action is the foundational key to all success.”

-Pablo Picasso

Seated Spanish Woman (1899) by Pablo Picasso

 
Action is the foundational key to all success.
— Pablo Picasso

Are we driving the point home here? ACTION is the key to ALL success. Actions speak louder than words or intentions. Actions produce tangible results that act as building blocks towards your goals. Seeing is believing so in order for there to be something to see, one must do.


Learning Harlequin (1901) by Pablo Picasso

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— Pablo

5 Art Quotes that prove artists are here to fuck shit up.

Great artists are natural born disruptors. Fucking shit up is an artist’s life. Creativity is the ability to push boundaries which is pretty much fucking shit up. As an artist, it is your destiny and purpose to change the game and provide the rest of us with a view into your vision. In my opinion, that is the same as fucking shit up.

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“You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.”

-Salvador Dali

Metamorphosis of Narcissus (1937) by Salvador Dali © Salvador Dali, Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation/DACS, London 2019

You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.
— Salvador Dali

“Art is either revolution or plagiarism”

-Paul Gauguin

La Sieste (The Siesta) by Paul Gauguin (1948)

Art is either revolution or plagiarism
— Paul Gaugin

According to Gauguin, if an artist is not fucking shit up then they’re a fraud! He didn’t exactly say that but what this quote means is that if an artist is not pushing the envelope and creating something new, then they’re just a copy. Pretty harsh words but he does have a point.


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

-Pablo Picasso

Morphine Maniacs (1900) by Pablo Picasso

 
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
— Pablo Picasso

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“Art is meant to disturb, science reassures”

-Georges Braque

La Tasse (The Cup) by George Braque (1911)

Art is meant to disturb, science reassures.
— George Braque

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“Every act of creation is first an act of destruction"

-Pablo Picasso

Learning Harlequin (1901) by Pablo Picasso

Every act of creation is first an act of destruction
— Pablo Picasso

5 Art Quotes to remind us that talent alone doesn’t cut it

Talent and art go hand in hand, but talent alone doesn’t always cut it. Don’t get us wrong, it is totally possible to make it on talent alone, but it’s hard! Other qualities like discipline and hard work are necessary if one wants to be a successful working artist. Below are the 5 best art quotes that will remind us that talent alone may not cut it.

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“Talent! There's no such thing as talent. What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous hard work in the right way.”

-Winslow Homer

The Gulf Stream by Winslow Homer (1899)

Talent! There’s no such thing as talent. What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous hard work in the right way.
— Winslow Homer

Ok so this is a bit extreme and we don’t fully agree with this statement. While do believe in such a thing as talent, Winslow Homer was driving a critical point home. Hard work, dedication WITH talent is what makes for a successful artist. Talent alone may not be enough. The worst thing in the world is undiscovered talent and if you don’t have the ability to hustle or don’t put in the hard work, you may run the risk of remaining undiscovered.


"I am doubtful of any talent, so whatever I choose to be, will be accomplished only by long study and work"

-Jackson Pollock

Alchemy by Jackson Pollock (1948)

I am doubtful of any talent, so whatever I choose to be, will be accomplished only by long study and work
— Jackson Pollock

Is the point getting driven home here? Jackson Pollock one of key leaders of the abstract expressionist movement, believes that his accomplishments were through long study and work and that’s a load of BS. Winslow and Jackson are from the same school of thought but we believe that great artists achieve their goals through a combination of talent, long study AND hard work.


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

Ummm…No Bob. NOT everyone can do what you did so don’t be so modest. Bob Ross pursued his interested indeed and with a blend of talent AND consistency, he was able to leave a legacy. What many people don’t know is that Bob Ross was a 20 year career military Was “The Joy of Painting” not the most memorizing show ever?


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“If you have great talents, industry will improve them. If you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency. Nothing is denied to well-directed labor; nothing is ever to be attained without it”

-Joshua Reynolds

If you have great talents, industry will improve them. If you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency. Nothing is denied to well-directed labor; nothing is ever to be attained without it
— Joshua Reynolds

Creation is the artist’s true function. But it would be a mistake to ascribe creative power to an inborn talent. Creation begins with vision. The artist has to look at everything as though seeing it for the first time.
— Henri Matisse


5 Art Quotes to remind us that art is love

Art is love, no doubt. A great artist pours their heart and soul into their work so it comes from place of love. Art makes the world a more beautiful place and such a delightful reprieve from the mundane can only be created from a place of love! Below are our 5 favorite quotes why art is simply just love.

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“It's with my brush that I make love.”

-Auguste Renoir

Reclining Nude, 1883 by Auguste Renoir

“It’s with my brush that I make love.”
— Auguste Renoir

“Art is a form of love.”

-Robert Genn

Late Afternoon, McCannell Lake" by Robert Genn (1998)

It doesn’t get any clearer than this! Robert Genn’s simple yet profound quote should always remind us of the distinct correlation between love and art. Art IS Love.

Art is a form of love.
— Robert Genn

The Brothel by Vincent Van Gogh

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”

-Vincent Van Gogh

The Brothel (Le Lupanar) by Vincent Van Gogh (1888)

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.
— Vincent Van Gogh


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“Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing”

-Marc Chagall

Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing
— Marc Chagall

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“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.”

-Marc Chagall

The Birthday (1915), Marc Chagall

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.
— Marc Chagall

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.


5 Art Quotes to remind us to keep the inner child alive.

Do you remember the very first time you learned how to create? Think about how you felt,

Keeping that inner child alive doesn’t necessarily mean being immature. It simply means looking at things with the same naïveté and innocence you once felt.

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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

-Pablo Picasso

Mother and Child by a Fountain (1901) by Pablo Picasso

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
— Pablo Picasso

I want to make paintings that look as if they were made by a child.
— Jean-Michel Basquiat

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.
— Al Hirschfeld

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“It takes a very long time to become young.”

-Pablo Picasso

It takes a very long time to become young.
— Pablo Picasso

It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.
— Pablo Picasso

5 Art Quotes that prove an artist’s job is to give us all life

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“To be an artist is to believe in life”

-Henry Moore

Catspaws off the Land by Henry Moore (1885)

To be an artist is to believe in life
— Henry Moore

Art must be life — it must belong to everybody.
— Marina Abramovic

Art is not about art. Art is about life, and that sums it up.
— Louise Bourgeois

I start from something considered dead and arrive at a world. And when I put a title on it, it becomes even more alive.
— Joan Miro

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— Pablo

5 Art Quotes to remind you not to give any fucks about what people think

It’s hard not to give a fuck about what others think. Learning how to give zero fucks is an art in itself. But let’s face it. Most of us do care what people think, to a certain degree. As much as we’d like to believe that we don’t, we do because we’re human. We can even deceive ourselves into truly believing that we don’t care but most likely, we care. We put our all into our work so it’s only natural to care about your masterpiece is received.

Knowing that even the greatest artists of all time knew this is key in helping you conquer that self doubt.

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“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

-Andy Warhol

Gold Marilyn Monroe (1962) by Andy Warhol

Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.
— Andy Warhol

Of course the king of no fucks given would enlighten us with this brilliant quote. Just keep going and keep creating. Let people talk because they always will. While they’re talking, you just keep creating. Andy Warhol wasn’t one of the most successful artists of all time by listening to the haters. So follow in his footsteps and give zero fucks about what people think. As they say, opinions are like assholes, everyone has one.


Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.
— Andy Warhol

As a tribute to the King of No Fucks Given, here’s another brilliant quote to remind you not to care about the opinions of others. By measuring your success in inches, you’re proving to yourself and others that words don’t really matter. Impact matters and Andy Warhol made a profound impact on the art world during and after his death. “Measuring it in inches” can also mean measuring it by the size of your bank account and Andy Warhol had quite a sizable bank account! So while people talk, you just keep making that money, honey!


by Jean-Michel Basquiat

I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.
— Jean-Michel Basquiat

Of course, Andy Warhol’s most famous protege would think the same way as the King of No Fucks Given. Basquiat knew that art critics aren’t the ones that determine what art is, the artist does. So with that said, the opinions of art critics doesn’t matter. Opinions are subjective and although everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, it doesn’t mean that you have to give a fuck and internalize it!


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“How do you see this tree? Is it green?
...Don't be afraid to paint it as green as possible.”

-Paul Gauguin

How do you see this tree? Is it green?
...Don’t be afraid to paint it as green as possible.
— -Paul Gauguin

I love this quote. It almost sounds like he’s being shady, which I’m sure he isn’


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— Hope K.