Art quotes

  • I think the deeper you go into questions, the deeper or more interesting the questions get. And I think that's the job of art.
    -- Andre Dubus

    #Art #Jobs #Writing

  • Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
    -- Andre Gide

    #Spiritual #Art #Collaboration

  • Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
    -- Andre Gide

    #Art #Overcoming #Resistance

  • The photographer's art is a continuous discovery which requires patience and time.
    -- Andre Kertesz

    #Art #Discovery #Photographer

  • All art is a revolt against man's fate.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #Fate #Destiny

  • The true painter strives to paint what can only be seen through his world.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #World #Strive

  • Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love, and of thought, which, in the coarse or centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #Men #Culture

  • An art book is a museum without walls.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #Wall #Book

  • In art, we are the first heirs of all the earth. . . . Accidents impair and Time transforms, but it is we who choose.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #Heirs #Firsts

  • You can only make art that talks to the masses when you have nothing to say to them.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #Communication #Mass

  • The only domain where the divine is visible is that of art, whatever name we choose to call it.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #Names #Divine

  • The world of art is not a world of immortality but of metamorphosis.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #World #Metamorphosis

  • One cannot create an art that speaks to men when one has nothing to say.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Success #Art #Men

  • The great Christian art did not die because all possible forms had been used up; it died because faith was being transformed into piety. Now, the same conquest of the outside world that brought in our modern individualism, so different from that of the Renaissance, is by way of relativizing the individual. It is plain to see that man's faculty of transformation, which began by a remaking of the natural world, has ended by calling man himself into question.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Christian #Art #Men

  • In ceasing to subordinate creative power to any supreme value, modern art has brought home to us the presence of that creative power throughout the whole history of art.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #Home #Creative

  • Our art culture makes no attempt to search the past for precedents, but transforms the entire past into a sequence of provisional responses to a problem that remains intact.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #Past #Culture

  • Our characteristic response to the mutilated statue, the bronze dug up from the earth, is revealing. It is not that we prefer time-worn bas-reliefs, or rusted statuettes as such, nor is it the vestiges of death that grip us in them, but those of life. Mutilation is the scar left by the struggle with Time, and a reminder of it - Time which is as much a part of ancient works of art as the material they are made of, and thrusts up through the fissures, from a dark underworld, where all is at once chaos and determinism.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #Struggle #Dark

  • History may clarify our understanding of the supreme work of art, but can never account for it completely; for the Time of art is not the same as the Time of history.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #Understanding #May

  • In a world in which everything is subject to the passing of time, art alone is both subject to time and yet victorious over it.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #World #Passing

  • Could we bring ourselves to feel what the first spectators of an Egyptian statue, or a Romanesque crucifixion, felt, we would make haste to remove them from the Louvre. True, we are trying more and more to gauge the feelings of those first spectators, but without forgetting our own, and we can be contented all the more easily with the mere knowledge of the former, without experiencing them, because all we wish to do is put this knowledge to the work of art.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #Feelings #Wish

  • A large share of our art heritage is now derived from peoples whose idea of art was quite other than ours, and even from peoples to whom the very idea of art meant nothing.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Art #Ideas #Heritage

  • The art of growing old is the art of being regarded by the oncoming generations as a support and not as a stumbling-block.
    -- Andre Maurois

    #Art #Block #Support

  • People are discontent; men are troubled; and the literature is excellent.
    -- Andre Maurois

    #Art #Men #People

  • Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world.
    -- Andre Maurois

    #Art #Real #Effort

  • It is a real piece of art if you can make a waltz sound like it is the easiest piece of music to play, because it's really not.
    -- Andre Rieu

    #Art #Real #Play

  • Cookery is a wholly unselfish art: as 'art for art's sake' it is unthinkable. A man may sing in his bath every morning without the least encouragement, but no cook can cook just for his or her own sake in a like manner. All good cooks, like all great artists, must have an audience worth cooking for.
    -- Andre Simon

    #Encouragement #Art #Morning

  • Cookery is a wholly unselfish art: All good cooks, like all great artists, must have an audience worth cooking for.
    -- Andre Simon

    #Art #Cooking #Unselfish

  • Heresy is the lifeblood of religions. It is faith that begets heresies. There are no heresies in a dead religion.
    -- Andre Suares

    #Art #Philosophy #History

  • The future science of government should be called 'la cybernétique' (1843) Coining the French word to mean 'the art of governing,' from the Greek (Kybernetes = navigator or steersman), subsequently adopted as cybernetics by Norbert Weiner for the field of control and communication theory.
    -- Andre-Marie Ampere

    #Art #Communication #Mean

  • To sing a song is like whispering to a child's ear. It is an art heavily relying on improvisation.
    -- Andrea Bocelli

    #Song #Art #Children

  • I have trouble with modern art. But in general, all art forms fascinate me - art is the way human beings express what we can't say in words.
    -- Andrea Bocelli

    #Art #Way #Trouble

  • A man can be a hero if he is a scientist, or a soldier, or a drug addict, or a disc jockey, or a crummy mediocre politician. A man can be a hero because he suffers and despairs; or because he thinks logically and analytically; or because he is sensitive; or because he is cruel. Wealth establishes a man as a hero, and so does poverty. Virtually any circumstance in a man's life will make him a hero to some group of people and has a mythic rendering in the culture -- in literature, art, theater, or the daily newspapers.
    -- Andrea Dworkin

    #Art #Hero #Thinking

  • Men love death. In everything they make, they hollow out a central place for death, let its rancid smell contaminate every dimension of whatever still survives. Men especially love murder. In art they celebrate it, and in life they commit it. They embrace murder as if life without it would be devoid of passion, meaning, and action, as if murder were solace, stilling their sobs as they mourn the emptiness and alienation of their lives.
    -- Andrea Dworkin

    #Art #Passion #Men

  • Feminist art is not some tiny creek running off the great river of real art. It is not some crack in an otherwise flawless stone. It is, quite spectacularly I think, art which is not based on the subjugation of one half of the species. It is art which will take the great human themes -love, death, heroism, suffering, history itself -and render them fully human. It may also, though perhaps our imaginations are so mutilated now that we are incapable even of the ambition, introduce a new theme, one as great and as rich as those others -should we call it joy?
    -- Andrea Dworkin

    #Love #Running #Art

  • The cultural institutions which embody and enforce those interlocked aberrations-for instance, law, art, religion, nation-states, the family, tribe, or commune based on father-right-these institutions are real and they must be destroyed.
    -- Andrea Dworkin

    #Art #Father #Real

  • When I entered college, it was to study liberal arts. At the University of Pennsylvania, I studied English literature, but I fell in love with broadcasting, with telling stories about other people's exploits.
    -- Andrea Mitchell

    #Art #College #People

  • I subscribe to no religion. But I believe that in the creation of art, there can be moments of God.
    -- Andrea Riseborough

    #Art #Believe #Moments

  • I did pose for 'Black and White' magazine, a prestigious, artistic publication, several years ago... I did this as a piece of art and make no apologies for the creative decisions I've made as an artist in my 20-year career.
    -- Andrea Thompson

    #Art #Apology #Black And White

  • Any good photograph is a successful synthesis of technique and art.
    -- Andreas Feininger

    #Art #Successful #Technique

  • The camera can push the new medium to its limits - and beyond. It is there - in the "beyond" - that the imaginative photographer will compete with the imaginative painter. Painting must return to the natural world from time to time for renewal of the artistic vision. The key sector of renewal of vision today is the new vistas revealed by science. Here photography, which is not only art but science also, stands on the firmest ground.
    -- Andreas Feininger

    #Photography #Art #Keys

  • Given one has before oneself a strong, healthy, youth rich in spirited blood and a powerless, weak, cachectic old man scarcely capable of breathing. If now the physician wishes to practise the rejuvenating art on the latter, he should make silver tubes which fit into each other: open then the artery of the healthy person and introduce one of the tubes into it and fasten it into the artery; thereupon he opens also the artery of the ill person...
    -- Andreas Libavius

    #Strong #Art #Men

  • The more fashionable doctors in Italy, began to delegate to slaves the manual attentions they deemed necessary for their patients ... that the art of medicine went to ruin.
    -- Andreas Vesalius

    #Art #Doctors #Medicine

  • Only the poor can create art.
    -- Andrei Codrescu

    #Art #Poor

  • Art is born out of an ill-designed world
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #World #Born

  • Some sort of pressure must exist; the artist exists because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if the world were perfect, as man wouldn’t look for harmony but would simply live in it. Art is born out of an ill-designed world.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Men #Perfect

  • It is obvious that art cannot teach anyone anything, since in four thousand years humanity has learnt nothing at all. We should long ago have become angels had we been capable of paying attention to the experience of art, and allowing ourselves to be changed in accordance with the ideals it expresses. Art only has the capacity, through shock and catharsis, to make the human soul receptive to good. It’s ridiculous to imagine that people can be taught to be good…Art can only give food – a jolt – the occasion – for psychical experience.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Angel #Years

  • Art is born and takes hold wherever there is a timeless and insatiable longing for the spiritual.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Spiritual #Art #Longing

  • Never try to convey your idea to the audience - it is a thankless and senseless task. Show them life, and they’ll find within themselves the means to assess and appreciate it.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Mean #Ideas

  • The allotted function of art is not, as is often assumed, to put across ideas, to propagate thoughts, to serve as an example. The aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow his soul, rendering it capable of turning to good
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Ideas #Soul

  • THE ARTISTIC IMAGE IS ALWAYS A METONYM, WHERE ONE THING IS SUBSTITUTED FOR ANOTHER, THE SMALLER FOR THE GREATER. TO TELL OF WHAT IS LIVING, THE ARTIST USES SOMETHING DEAD; TO SPEAK OF THE INFINITE, HE SHOWS THE FINITE.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Use #Speak

  • What is art? (...) Like a declaration of love: the consciousness of our dependence on each other. A confession. An unconscious act that none the less reflects the true meaning of life—love and sacrifice.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Love Life #Sacrifice

  • ...art must must carry man's craving for the ideal, must be an expression of his reaching out towards it; that art must give man hope and faith. And the more hopeless the world in the artist's version, the more clearly perhaps must we see the ideal that stands in opposition - otherwise life becomes impossible! Art symbolises the meaning of our existence.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Men #Expression

  • Art would be useless if the world were perfect.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Perfect #Would Be

  • Art is realistic when it strives to express an ethical ideal. Realism is striving for truth, and truth is always beautiful. Here the aesthetic coincides with the ethical.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Beautiful #Art #Truth Is

  • An artist cannot be partially sincere any more than art can be an approximation of beauty
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Artist #Sincere

  • The idea of infinity cannot be expressed in words or even described, but it can be apprehended through art, which makes infinity tangible. The absolute is only attainable through faith and in the creative act.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Ideas #Creative

  • When I speak of the aspiration towards the beautiful, of the ideal as the ultimate aim of art, which grows from a yearning for that ideal, I am not for a moment suggesting that art should shun the 'dirt' of the world. On the contrary! the artistic image is always a metonym, where one thing is substituted for another, the smaller for the greater. To tell of what is living, the artist uses something dead; to speak of the infinite, he shows the finite. Substitution... the infinite cannot be made into matter, but it is possible to create an illusion of the infinite: the image.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Beautiful #Art #Use

  • Art could be said to be a symbol of the universe, being linked with that absolute spiritual truth which is hidden from us in our positivistic, pragmatic activities.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Spiritual #Art #Said

  • It is obvious that art cannot teach anyone anything, since in four thousand years humanity has learnt nothing at all.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Years #Humanity

  • ALL ART, OF COURSE, IS INTELLECTUAL, BUT FOR ME, ALL THE ARTS, AND CINEMA EVEN MORE SO, MUST ABOVE ALL BE EMOTIONAL AND ACT UPON THE HEART.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Emotional #Intellectual

  • I'VE NOTICED, FROM MY EXPERIENCE, IF THE EXTERNAL, EMOTIONAL CONSTRUCTION OF IMAGES IN A FILM ARE BASED ON THE FILMMAKER'S OWN MEMORY, ON THE KINSHIP OF ONE'S PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH THE FABRIC OF THE FILM, THEN THE FILM WILL HAVE THE POWER TO AFFECT THOSE WHO SEE IT.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Memories #Emotional

  • IN CINEMA IT IS NECESSARY NOT TO EXPLAIN, BUT TO ACT UPON THE VIEWER'S FEELINGS, AND THE EMOTION WHICH IS AWOKEN IS WHAT PROVOKES THOUGHT.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Feelings #Cinema

  • Unlike all the other art forms, film is able to seize and render the passage of time, to stop it, almost to possess it in infinity. I'd say that film is the sculpting of time.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Able #Infinity

  • AN ARTISTIC DISCOVERY OCCURS EACH TIME AS A NEW AND UNIQUE IMAGE OF THE WORLD, A HIEROGLYPHIC OF ABSOLUTE TRUTH. IT APPEARS AS A REVELATION, AS A MOMENTARY, PASSIONATE WISH TO GRASP INTUITIVELY AND AT A STROKE ALL THE LAWS OF THIS WORLD-ITS BEAUTY AND UGLINESS, ITS COMPASSION AND CRUELTY, ITS INFINITY AND ITS LIMITATIONS.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Unique #Compassion

  • MORE CONSISTENTLY THAN EVER I WAS TRYING TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT CINEMA AS AN INSTRUMENT OF ART HAS ITS OWN POSSIBILITIES WHICH ARE EQUAL TO THOSE OF PROSE. I WANTED TO DEMONSTRATE HOW CINEMA IS ABLE TO OBSERVE LIFE, WITHOUT INTERFERING, CRUDELY OR OBVIOUSLY, WITH ITS CONTINUITY. FOR THAT IS WHERE I SEE THE POETIC ESSENCE OF CINEMA.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Believe #Essence

  • MANY MANAGE TO SEPARATE THEIR LIFE FROM THEIR FILMS. THEY LIVE ONE WAY AND EXPRESS OTHER IDEAS IN THEIR WORKS. THEY ARE ABLE TO SPLIT THEIR CONSCIENCE. I CAN'T. TO ME CINEMA IS NOT JUST MY JOB: IT'S MY LIFE, AND EACH FILM IS AN ACT OF MY LIFE.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Jobs #Ideas

  • IN THE CINEMA A DIRECTOR EXPRESSES HIS INDIVIDUALITY FIRST AND FOREMOST THROUGH HIS SENSE OF TIME, THROUGH RHYTHM. RHYTHM GIVES COLOUR TO A WORK BY DISTINGUISHABLE STYLISTIC CHARACTERISTICS. RHYTHM MUST ARISE NATURALLY IN A FILM, A FUNCTION OF THE DIRECTOR'S INNATE SENSE OF LIFE AND COMMENSURATE WITH HIS QUEST FOR TIME.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Giving #Individuality

  • IN ALL MY FILMS, IT SEEMED IMPORTANT TO ME TO REMIND THE AUDIENCE TO THE FACT THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE, LOST IN AN EMPTY UNIVERSE, BUT THAT THEY ARE CONNECTED BY INNUMERABLE THREADS WITH THEIR PAST AND PRESENT, THAT THROUGH CERTAIN MYSTICAL WAYS, EVERY HUMAN BEING REALIZES THE RAPPORT WITH THE WORLD AND THE LIFE OF HUMANITY.
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Art #Past #Being Real

  • I like to dress up but I'm not so concerned with looking very sexy, it's really more the art of dressing.
    -- Andrej Pejic

    #Sexy #Art #Dresses

  • An artist is nothing without his or her obsessions...
    -- Andres Serrano

    #Art #Artist #Obsession

  • If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it.
    -- Andrew Denton

    #Art #Would Be #Literature

  • I just love the whole art form of acting, of being in front of a camera and playing different things. Not that I would ever say I'm the greatest actor in the world, but I am capable of playing different kinds of roles that emotionally I could get into.
    -- Andrew Dice Clay

    #Art #Acting #Cameras

  • Postmodernism surely requires an even greater grasp of symbolism, as it's increasingly an art of gesture alone.
    -- Andrew Eldritch

    #Art #Symbolism #Gestures

  • The edge of a painting is its frontier... where the artist negotiates his boundaries with the real world... where art begins and ends and where the eye enters and leaves the image. It determines, in an infinitely subtle number of ways, how you read a painting - which, unlike a book or a piece of music, has no pre-determined beginning or end.
    -- Andrew Graham-Dixon

    #Art #Real #Book

  • It was generally believed that Catholics were not interested in arts and science graduate schools. They weren't going to be intellectuals. And so I put the theses to the test. And they all collapsed.
    -- Andrew Greeley

    #Art #School #Catholic

  • The history of modern culture is a history of popular entertainments evolving into art.
    -- Andrew Hoberek

    #Art #Culture #Entertainment

  • One of my goals as a professor of English is to teach students to recognize and think critically about what makes something art.
    -- Andrew Hoberek

    #Art #Thinking #Goal

  • Art is the lesser sister to medicine. It aims to heal.
    -- Andrew Lam

    #Art #Medicine #Aim

  • I don't think I am that materialistic, actually. Obviously at home in the country the art collection is important, but we have one big room in the middle of the house where we do everything - the television, the kitchen, everything.
    -- Andrew Lloyd Webber

    #Country #Art #Home

  • Art without color would lose much of its purpose.
    -- Andrew Loomis

    #Art #Color #Purpose

  • To any man who has slaved to acquire skill in his art, it is most irritating to have his ability referred to as a “gift.”
    -- Andrew Loomis

    #Art #Men #Skills

  • Art indeed is long, but life is short.
    -- Andrew Marvell

    #Art #Life Is Short #Long

  • You're building a tool, not a piece of art. Don't be blinded by the vision.
    -- Andrew Mason

    #Success #Art #Vision

  • But planes land and so do I, and suns rise, melting away the grounds cool protection. I am finally free, if only for this moment. And should that be the case, then know that I am throwing a parade in first class as I speak. Art has again saved my life, my love and me. What next? Who really cares? Certainly a toast will be in order. Make mine a double.
    -- Andrew McMahon

    #Art #Order #Land

  • Art, if it can be ascribed value, is most valuable when its beauty (and the beauty of the truth it tells) bewilders, confounds, defies evil itself; it does so by making what has been unmade; it subverts the spirit of the age; it mends the heart by whispering mysteries the mind alone can’t fathom; it fulfills its highest calling when into all the clamor of Hell it tells the unbearable, beautiful, truth that Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again. None of these songs and stories matter if the beauty they’re adding to isn’t the kind of beauty that redeems and reclaims.
    -- Andrew Peterson

    #Beautiful #Song #Art

  • An artist strives to frame his ideals in an image; to challenge his audience and to make his vision immortal. But the parasites say 'no, your art must serve the cause... your ideals endanger the people!'
    -- Andrew Ryan

    #Art #People #Challenges

  • There is one thing that all true spirituality has in common, whether that spirituality is derived from faith, from science, from nature or from the arts - a sense of wonder.
    -- Andrew Schneider

    #Art #Spirituality #Common

  • That's what great art does - it inspires other artists to do great art, and that's what it should do.
    -- Andrew Stanton

    #Art #Inspire #Doe

  • Art is messy, art is chaos - so you need a system.
    -- Andrew Stanton

    #Art #Needs #Chaos

  • In fine arts, when you make a painting, it's just a painting. But if you make a painting in the entertainment industry, it can be an album cover or a t-shirt or a logo. I like that entertainment has this usefulness - that it's ultimately trying to make a bunch of people feel something, and to think about life and be able to use things that were so simple and direct but potentially have a really powerful effect.
    -- Andrew W.K.

    #Art #Powerful #Thinking

  • I think one's art goes as far and as deep as one's love goes.
    -- Andrew Wyeth

    #Love #Art #Thinking

  • Artists today think of everything they do as a work of art. It is important to forget about what you are doing - then a work of art may happen.
    -- Andrew Wyeth

    #Art #Work #Thinking

  • I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
    -- Andrew Wyeth

    #Dream #Art #Painting

  • I have a good friend, Rudolf Serkin, the pianist, a very sensitive man. I was talking to him one day backstage after a concert and I told him that I thought he had played particularly sensitively that day. I said, "You know, many pianists are brilliant, they strike the keys so well, but somehow you are different." "Ah," he said, "I don't think you should ever strike a key. You should pull the keys with your fingers."
    -- Andrew Wyeth

    #Art #Good Friend #Men

  • Creating art or something beautiful makes you a more fulfilled person than they can ever be because they're caught up in what they hate rather than what they love.
    -- Andy Biersack

    #Beautiful #Art #Hate

  • It's always helpful to look outside of the web for your inspiration, to places where you might not at first expect to find a solution. The world is a collage of inspiration, from newspapers, magazine publishing, and advertising to product design, architecture and the fine arts.
    -- Andy Clark

    #Art #Inspiration #Design

  • What art should do, I think, is advance the generation into the next era. It should be one step ahead of the ordinary, ahead of what is already known. Art is what pulls on the next age. I’m not saying that my art is that, but that it would be good if it could be.
    -- Andy Couturier

    #Art #Thinking #Age

  • The essence of drawing is the line exploring space.
    -- Andy Goldsworthy

    #Art #Essence #Drawing

  • My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made.
    -- Andy Goldsworthy

    #Art #Mean #Cities

  • The underlying tension of a lot of my art is to try and look through the surface appearance of things. Inevitably, one way of getting beneath the surface is to introduce a hole, a window into what lies below.
    -- Andy Goldsworthy

    #Art #Lying #Trying