Quotations About
art

Homer: A hundred bucks? For a comic book? Who drew it, Micha-ma-langelo?

Posted in: The Simpsons

Ah, my dear brother, sometimes I know so clearly what I want. In life and in painting too, I can easily do without the dear Lord, but I can’t, suffering as I do, do without something greater than myself, which is my life, the power to create.
And if frustrated in this power physically, we try to create thoughts instead of children; in that way, we’re part of humanity all the same.

Posted in: Vincent van Gogh

I’d very much like to see Millet reproductions in schools, I think there would be children who became painters if only they saw good things.

Letter to his brother, Theo van Gogh. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Friday, 20 September 1889.
Posted in: Vincent van Gogh

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world – in order to set up a shadow world of “meanings”.

Against Interpretation
Posted in: Susan Sontag

I built my soul a lordly pleasure-house,
Wherein at ease for aye to dwell.
I said, “O Soul, make merry and carouse,
Dear soul, for all is well.”

The Palace of Art (1832)
Posted in: Alfred Tennyson

Every grain of experience is food for the greedy growing soul of the artist.

Here Comes Everybody: An Introduction to James Joyce for the Ordinary Reader (1965)
Posted in: Anthony Burgess

Whenever I become discouraged (which is on alternate Tuesdays, between three and four) I lift my spirits by remembering: The artists are on our side! I mean those poets and painters, singers and musicians, novelists and playwrights who speak to the world in a way that is impervious to assault because they wage the battle for justice in a sphere which is unreachable by the dullness of ordinary political discourse.

"Artists of Resistance", July 2001
Posted in: Howard Zinn

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

From a speech given at the Royal Academy of Art in 1953;

You need intelligence, and you need to look. You need a gaze, a wide gaze, penetrating and roving — that’s what’s useful for art.

Interview with Don Swaim (1987)
Posted in: Toni Morrison

Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.

Make good art.

Address to the University of the Arts Class of 2012
Posted in: Neil Gaiman

And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.

Address to the University of the Arts Class of 2012
Posted in: Neil Gaiman

The artist after all is a solitary being.

The Death of the Moth and Other Essays (1942)
Posted in: Virginia Woolf

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.

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Posted in: Stella Adler

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.

Essays: First Series (1841) Essay XII, "Art"

Meyer is an auteur whose every frame reflects his own obsessions. Like all serious artists, he doesn’t allow any space between his work and his dream.

"Russ Meyer busts sleazy stereotype" Chicago Sun-Times (15 November 1985)
Posted in: Roger Ebert

Ronny Cammareri: This was painted by Marc Chagall. And, as you can see, he was a very great artist.
Loretta Castorini: It’s a little gaudy, don’t you think?
Ronny Cammareri: Well, he was havin’ some fun.

Posted in: Moonstruck

Herzog by his example gave me a model for the film artist: fearless, driven by his subjects, indifferent to commercial considerations, trusting his audience to follow him anywhere. In the 38 years since I saw my first Herzog film, after an outpouring of some 50 features and documentaries, he has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons or uninteresting. Even his failures are spectacular.

Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert (2006)
Posted in: Roger Ebert