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Interesting Quotes about Art

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"The worth of a civilization or a culture is not valued in the terms of its material wealth or military power, but by the quality and achievements of its representative individuals: Its philosophers, its poets and its artists."
Herbert Read

 

"A free culture is not a culture without property; it is not a culture in which artists do not get paid."
Lawrence Lessig

 

"The arts, as a reflection of human existence at its highest, have always and spontaneously lived up to this demand of plenitude. No mature style of art in any culture has ever been simple."
Rudolf Arnheim

 

"The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art."
Chuck Palahniuk

 

"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work."
Emile Zola

 

"Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature."
Cicero

 

"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech."
Simonides

 

"There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun."
Pablo Picasso

 

"The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need but the creation of a need. The world never needed Beethoven's Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not live without it. "
Louis I Kahn

 

"We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth."
John F. Kennedy

 

"You are confusing product with process. Most people, when they criticize, whether they like it or hate it, they're talking about product. That's not art, that's the result of art. Art, to whatever degree we can get a handle on it (I'm not sure that we really can) is a process. It begins in the heart and the mind with the eyes and hands."
Jeff Melvoin

 

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."
Henry Ward Beecher