17 Art Quotes to Inspire Any Artist

For many reading art quotes that belong to a particular artist can give a view port into the artists mind.

It is one thing to view and analyze an artists body of work, but when you hear them talk about their art it adds an extra dimension to your impression of that artist.

Here are some of our favorite quotes about art:

Famous Art Quotes

“Art is a line around your thoughts”

– Gustav Klimt

“There is no must in art because art is free.”

Wassily Kandinsky

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

– Pablo Picasso

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

– Vincent Van Gogh

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

Edgar Degas

“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

“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

“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

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

Marc Chagall

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

Georgia O’Keeffe

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

Paul Cezanne

“Creativity takes courage.”

– Henri Matisse

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents”

– Bob Ross

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

– Pablo Picasso

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

“Great art picks up where nature ends.”

– Mark Chagall

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

– Joan Miro