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Jean Dubuffet （1840-1917）
What I expect from any work of art is that it surprises me, that it violates my customary evaluations of things and offers me other, unexpected ones.
We participate in an artistic process which is completely pure, raw, entirely reinvented in all of its phases by the artist, from his impulses alone. Therefore, of an art which manifests itself through the function of invention only, and not those, constant in cultural art, of chameleon and monkey.
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
There are unknown forces in nature; when we give ourselves wholly to her, without reserve, she lends them to us; she shows us these forms, which our watching eyes do not see, which our intelligence does not understand or suspect.
To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.
Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)
A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.
Art is a harmony parallel with nature.
For an Impressionist to paint from nature is not to paint the subject, but to realize sensations.
Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience.
If isolation tempers the strong, it is the stumbling-block of the uncertain.
Henry Matisse (1869-1954)
An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.
Exactitude is not truth.
Willem de Kooning (1904-1997)
I make pictures and someone comes in and calls it art.
The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.
Paul Klee (1879-1940 )
A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.
A line is a dot that went for a walk.
Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.
Children also have artistic ability, and there is wisdom in there having it! The more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us; and they must be preserved free of corruption from an early age.
He has found his style, when he cannot do otherwise.
The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen.
Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
Civilization is what makes you sick.
It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block.
The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up
If you're a painter, you're not alone. There's no way to be alone.
The final test of a painting, theirs, mine, any other, is: does the painter's emotions come across?
Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
God takes care of imbeciles, little children and artists.
I regard it as a waste of time to think only of selling: one forgets one's art and exaggerates one's value.
It is absurd to look for perfection.
It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character.
When you do a thing with your whole soul and everything that is noble within you, you always find your counterpart.
Work at the same time on sky, water, branches, ground, keeping everything going on an equal basis... Don't be afraid of putting on colour... Paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression.
Great art picks up where nature ends.
If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.
The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.