Quotations on Painting

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Without a good cultural policy, without adequate help, we will always have individualists, shooting stars who are rapidly forgotten or who stop painting for a more profitable occupation.
- Ralph Allen
(Keywords: Policy, Help, Occupation, Painting, Stars, Will)

Painting what I experience, translating what I feel, is like a great liberation. But it is also work, self-examination, consciousness, criticism, struggle.
- Balthus
(Keywords: Experience, Work, Consciousness, Criticism, Painting, Self, Struggle)

The goal is always to make a nice tableau painting with the voice. The more color I can find, the more shadow I can find - the goal is always to make more nuance and colors.
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Keywords: Goal, Colors, Painting, Shadow, Voice)

I always work out of uncertainty but when a painting's finished it becomes a fixed idea, apparently a final statement. In time though, uncertainty returns... your thought process goes on.
- Georg Baselitz
(Keywords: Time, Work, Thought, Idea, Painting, Uncertainty)

I believe that the reason why I love painting so much is that it forces one to be objective. There is nothing I hate more than sentimentality.
- Max Beckmann
(Keywords: Love, Hate, Nothing, Painting, Reason, Sentimentality)

I believe the reason I love painting so much is that it forces one to be objective.
- Max Beckmann
(Keywords: Love, Painting, Reason)

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Art, Painting, Weather)

In my world, history comes down to language and art. No one cares much about what battles were fought, who won them and who lost them - unless there is a painting, a play, a song or a poem that speaks of the event.
- Theodore Bikel
(Keywords: History, Art, Language, Painting, Play, Song, World)

I think music has gone through a period of something very severe, rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism.
- Harrison Birtwistle
(Keywords: Music, Painting, Radical)

I am a great lover of art, in many forms: paintings, objets, textiles. I don't have the talent for painting, but I have a very good sense of colour, a love of visual beauty.
- Jacqueline Bisset
(Keywords: Beauty, Love, Art, Talent, Painting, Sense)

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Music, Poetry, Nations, Painting, Race)

There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Keywords: Music, Poetry, Mediocrity, Painting, Public, Public speaking)

As I had collaborated with visual artists before whether on installations, on performance pieces, in the context of theatre works and as I had taught for a time in art colleges the idea of writing music in response to painting was not alien.
- Gavin Bryars
(Keywords: Art, Music, Time, Idea, Performance, Artists, Painting, Theatre, Writing)

A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.
- Lord Byron
(Keywords: Architecture, Poetry, Dress, Man, Painting, Schools)

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
- Truman Capote
(Keywords: Music, Laws, Light, Painting, Perspective, Rules, Writing)

Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations.
- Paul Cezanne
(Keywords: Nature, Painting, Sensations)

He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his, and derived genuine pleasure from contemplating a painting, a statuette, a rare lace curtain - no matter what - after he had bought it and placed it among his household gods.
- Kate Chopin
(Keywords: Gods, Painting, Pleasure, Possessions)

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.
- Winston Churchill
(Keywords: Politics, War, Painting, Politicians, Writing)

You know, the way art history is taught, often there's nothing that tells you why the painting is great. The description of a lousy painting and the description of a great painting will very much sound the same.
- Chuck Close
(Keywords: Art, History, Nothing, Painting, Sound, Will)

Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience.
- Chuck Close
(Keywords: Experience, Life, Time, Painting, Space)

As the books grew bigger and more ambitious, the situations in question sometimes became political ones, and so it became necessary to start painting in the social background on a scale which eventually became panoramic.
- Jonathan Coe
(Keywords: Books, Painting, Question)

Painting is much more than therapy to me its a way of life.
- Tony Curtis
(Keywords: Life, Painting, Therapy)

So about twenty years ago I gave up on painting - and got into terrible debt after buying a load of camera gear!
- Nigel Dennis
(Keywords: Buying, Debt, Painting, Years)

When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music.
- Denis Diderot
(Keywords: Age, Music, Poetry, Excellence, Goodbye, Old, Painting, Superstition, Temperament)

All art is exorcism. I paint dreams and visions too; the dreams and visions of my time. Painting is the effort to produce order; order in yourself. There is much chaos in me, much chaos in our time.
- Otto Dix
(Keywords: Art, Dreams, Time, Chaos, Effort, Order, Painting, Visions)

Everybody thinks they know what art should be. But very few of them have the sense that is necessary to experience painting, that is the sense of sight, that sees colors and forms as living reality in the picture.
- Otto Dix
(Keywords: Art, Experience, Colors, Living, Painting, Reality, Sense, Sight)

Not that painting would have been a release. The reason for doing it is the desire to create. I've got to do it! I've seen that, I can still remember it, I've got to paint it.
- Otto Dix
(Keywords: Desire, Painting, Reason)

In the middle 1940s... I heard everyone live. Painting, the theater; everything was happening. It was an exciting time when New York was the place to be.
- Bill Dixon
(Keywords: Time, Painting, Theater)

No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.
- Marguerite Duras
(Keywords: Power, Music, Alcohol, Being, Creation, Illusion, Man, Painting, Woman)

And since geometry is the right foundation of all painting, I have decided to teach its rudiments and principles to all youngsters eager for art.
- Albrecht Durer
(Keywords: Art, Geometry, Painting, Principles, Right)

Painting is really good fun, I have always enjoyed it. As long as I paint what I want with the freedom that I enjoy, I never tire.
- John Dyer
(Keywords: Freedom, Fun, Painting, Want)

My father is a well known artist, Ted Dyer, who has been painting for many years. Our work is very different, but growing up surrounded by paintings, paints, easels and art books does have an effect.
- John Dyer
(Keywords: Art, Work, Father, Artist, Books, Effect, Growing up, Painting, Years)

Now why should the cinema follow the forms of theater and painting rather than the methodology of language, which allows wholly new concepts of ideas to arise from the combination of two concrete denotations of two concrete objects?
- Sergei Eisenstein
(Keywords: Ideas, Cinema, Language, Now, Painting, Theater)

Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.
- Max Ernst
(Keywords: Amusement, Discovery, Invention, Painting, Reality)

I want to give my compliments to Australia. Ever since your government paid a few million dollars for a Jackson Pollack painting, I figure that it must be a marvellous country.
- Morton Feldman
(Keywords: Government, Compliments, Country, Painting, Want)

But when I started writing songs, I stopped painting completely, and the only art things I do are connected to the career, like album sleeves and, to some extent, posters and things like that.
- Bryan Ferry
(Keywords: Art, Career, Painting, Songs, Writing)

People whose understanding and taste in literature, painting, and music are beyond question are, for the most part, ignorant of what is good or bad art in the theater.
- Minnie Maddern Fiske
(Keywords: Art, Music, People, Literature, Painting, Question, Taste, Theater, Understanding)

In classical oil painting, there seemed to be a radical turn to seeing things as the camera sees them, with that technological modification. I began to have a tremendous problem with all of this.
- Henry Flynt
(Keywords: Oil, Painting, Radical)

Coming out of college with a degree in fine arts and painting isn't worth much any more.
- Dan Fogelberg
(Keywords: College, Painting, Worth)

Knowing what paint a painter uses or having an understanding of where he was in the history of where he came from doesn't hurt your appreciation of the painting.
- Jodie Foster
(Keywords: History, Appreciation, Hurt, Painting, Understanding)

I needed an outlet in high school and came across painting. I've actually been painting longer than I've been acting. A movie is a collaborative effort, and with painting you just have yourself.
- James Franco
(Keywords: Acting, Effort, Painting, School)

When I look at a body it gives me choice of what to put in a painting, what will suit me and what won't.
- Lucian Freud
(Keywords: Body, Choice, Painting, Will)

I am only interested in painting the actual person, in doing a painting of them, not in using them to some ulterior end of art. For me, to use someone doing something not native to them would be wrong.
- Lucian Freud
(Keywords: Art, End, Painting, Wrong)

Painting is sometimes like those recipes where you do all manner of elaborate things to a duck, and then end up putting it on one side and only using the skin.
- Lucian Freud
(Keywords: End, Painting, Skin)

Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
- Vincent Van Gogh
(Keywords: Faith, Duty, Opinion, Painting, Public, Public opinion)

I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create.
- Vincent Van Gogh
(Keywords: Life, Power, God, Painting, Suffering)

A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.
- Edmond de Goncourt
(Keywords: Opinions, Painting, World)

Coming to understand a painting or a symphony in an unfamiliar style, to recognize the work of an artist or school, to see or hear in new ways, is as cognitive an achievement as learning to read or write or add.
- Nelson Goodman
(Keywords: Work, Achievement, Artist, Learning, Painting, School, Style)

I paint because it hurts not to. Pain is in the word painting.
- Marta Gottfried
(Keywords: Pain, Painting, Word)

Does any art have a practical value? People love to talk about how expensive a painting is. That's the only way we can talk about paintings in this century.
- John Guare
(Keywords: Art, Love, People, Painting, Talk, Value)



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