Quotes by Artists

Some Artist Quotes

Quotes by Artists

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

Claude Monet

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.

Edgar Degas

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

Vincent Van Gogh

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.

Andy Warhol

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.

Pablo Picasso

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent Van Gogh

I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.

Jackson Pollock

Every artist was first an amateur.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.

Vincent Van Gogh

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

Oscar Wilde

I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed.

Vincent Van Gogh

No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.

Claude Monet

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

Vincent Van Gogh

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.


The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

Pablo Picasso

One must work and dare if one really wants to live.

Vincent Van Gogh

Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.

Edgard Varese

A line is a dot that went for a walk.

Paul Klee

Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.

Claude Monet

The beginning is the most important part of the work.


I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.

Vincent Van Gogh