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Kazimir Malevich. Red Square: Painterly Realism of a Peasant Woman in Two Dimensions, 1915
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Painting and Drawing: Quotations

What can we learn from great artists and some others? Forty-seven sayings follow and show that artists too are different.


Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire? The one nearest the door of course. - George Bernard Shaw

I believe in painting and I believe in eating too. - Gerhard Richter

'Painting like a child' isn't a negative for me... it's something only great artists can really achieve. The childlike quality of some of Picasso's drawings is precisely what makes them so masterful and extraordinary. - Damien Hirst

Photography, sculpture, and painting were wielded as cultural weapons . . . to substantiate the idea that black people were inherently subordinate beings; they were used to make slavery acceptable and to make black subjugation more palatable. - Clint Smith

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

I like to paint love. I find it more meaningful than painting trees. - Robert Indiana

I'd asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, 'Well, what do you love most?' That's how I started painting money. - Andy Warhol

A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting. - Abraham Maslow

So much of the history of painting is the propaganda of self-aggrandizement. - Kehinde Wiley

Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations. - Paul Cezanne

Overall, the anarchy was the most creative of all periods of Japanese culture for in it there appeared the greatest landscape painting, the culmination of the skill of landscape gardening and the arts of flower arrangement, and the No drama. - J. M. Roberts

For me, painting is . . . a cry in the night, a strangled laugh. - Georges Rouault

When children draw or do rudimentary painting, the whole human being develops an interest in what is being done. This is why we should allow writing to develop from drawing. - Rudolf Steiner

Painting is concerned with all the 10 attributes of sight; which are: Darkness, Light, Solidity and Colour, Form and Position, Distance and Propinquity, Motion and Rest, philosophised Leonardo da Vinci. It is not like that in abstract art or and nonrepresentational art.

When children draw or do rudimentary painting, the whole human being develops an interest in what is being done. This is why we should allow writing to develop from drawing. - Rudolf Steiner

I'd rather buy a beautiful location or a beautiful site than buy art. A beautiful home is like owning a beautiful painting, except you can live in it. - Millard Drexler

If it weren't for painting, I . . . couldn't bear the extra strain of things. - Winston Churchill

Painting feeds the eye just as poetry feeds the ear, which is to say that both feed the soul. - Susan Vreeland

I had always loved expressionist painting . . . these were precisely the paintings despised by my father's generation. - Georg Baselitz

Decades ago, Gerhard Richter . . . [l]ike Jackson Pollock before him . . . discovered something that had been in painting all along. - Jerry Saltz

Photography brought a lot to painting because it forced artists to think about what painting could do that photography couldn't. - John Lanchester

[A] Lichtenstein painting[:] You can write a one-hundred-page dissertation about why he used comics. Or it could be like, 'This is cute!' - Jeremy Scott

For most Americans, contemporary painting or jazz or sculpture play no role. - Billy Collins

When you walk past a painting in a museum, if it doesn't make you feel something, then it's probably a failure. - Kenya Barris

I would have liked maybe to be in architecture or painting, something connected to the fine arts. - Catherine Deneuve

Photography led me to experiment in graphic work and, actually, painting. - William Klein

I stopped painting . . . at the peak of my success just to deny people my beautiful paintings. - Vincent Gallo

The painting . . . moves in a mind . . . so that what you see is not what you see. - Philip Guston

Gardening is landscape painting. - With William Kent

Parks are works of art just as a painting or sculpture is. - Thomas Hoving

I am more a friend of art than a producer of painting. - Paul Cezanne

In French, la patte [means] the artist's touch, his personal style, his 'paw'. I wanted to get away from la patte and from all that retinal painting. - Marcel Duchamp

One learns about painting by looking at . . . other painters. - Frank Stella

I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious. - Andrew Wyeth

The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government. - Milton Friedman

The sentences I write have their roots in song and poetry, and take their bearings from music and painting, as much as from the need to impart mere information, or mirror anything. I am not a realist writer, even if I seem like one. - Colm Toibin

Nations are destroyed . . . in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed. - William Blake

Painting is also concerned with how things might be, with design.

Painting is a facet of culture.

Painting may serve all people, not just fine-class people.

You might be a future victim of your own unless they are wisely painted.

Painting is . . . what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen. - Pablo Picasso

If the world could remain within a frame like a painting on the wall, I think we'd see the beauty then and stand staring in awe. - Conor Oberst

Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts. - Blaise Pascal

When things become peculiar, frustrating and strange, I think it's a good time to start painting. - James Rosenquist

Painting is . . . about making something. - Saul Leiter

You can be creative in anything - in math, science, engineering, philosophy - as much as you can in music or in painting or in dance. - Ken Robinson


Painting quotations by famous artists, painting citations, works of art, Literature  

Dowden, Joe Francis. 2007. The Landscape Painter's Essential Handbook. Cincinatti, OH: David and Charles.

Giddings, Anita, and Sherry Stone Clifton. 2008. Oil Painting for Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing.

Hazell, Ron. 2015. The Artist's Guide to Painting Water in Watercolor: 30 Techniques. Cincinnati, OH: North Light Books.

Huston, Steve. 2016. Figure Drawing for Artists: Making Every Mark Count. Beverly, MA: Rockport Publishers.

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