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Painting Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Painting

Please enjoy these Painting Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Related topics: Wisdom

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next
to a God made object like a tree or flower.
If it clashes, it is not art.
- Paul Cezanne

I think of my peace paintings as one long poem,
with each painting being a single stanza.
- Robert Indiana

My painting does not come from the easel.
- Jackson Pollock

 

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
- Plutarch

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
- Salvador Dali

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

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Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A good painting to me has always been like a friend.
It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
- Hedy Lamarr

A painting that is well composed is half finished.
- Pierre Bonnard

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
- Pablo Picasso

All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

Painting is easy when you don't know how,
but very difficult when you do.
- Edgar Degas

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

If the weather is good I go into the nearby wood -
there I am painting a small beech forest (in the sun)
with a few conifers mixed in.
This takes until 8 'o clock.
- Gustav Klimt

My hobbies are painting, crafts, and I like golfing.
- Nancy Kerrigan

Painting is the representation of visible forms.
The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal.
- Gustave Courbet

Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression
of the highest moral and spiritual ideas,
there music is sublimely strong.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Writing and Painting are the same for me.
- Peter Malkin

If some student came up and wanted to know where to study painting,
you'd want to suggest someplace, but there's no place.
I wouldn't know where to send a student to study.
- Ad Reinhardt

This kind of painting with its large frames is a bourgeois drawing-room art.
It is an art dealer's art-and that came in after the
civil wars following the French Revolution.
- Edvard Munch

Sometimes I miss out the morning's painting session
and instead study my Japanese books in the open.
- Gustav Klimt

If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens.
- William Lyon Phelps

I've been trying to pick up painting but it's hard.
- George Eads

When I finish a painting, it usually looks as surprising to me as to anyone else.
- Howard Hodgkin

Landscape is to American painting what sex and psychoanalysis
are to the American novel.
- Robert Hughes

I don't know if it was the whole audience getting stoned
out of their minds getting ready for the Floyd thing or what it was,
but it was like playing to a painting.
- Les Claypool

People whose understanding and taste in literature,
painting, and music are beyond question are,
for the most part, ignorant of what is good or bad art in the theater.
- Minnie Maddern Fiske

My parents felt that acting was far too insecure.
Don't ask me what made them think that painting would be more secure.
- John Hurt

I have a horror of people who speak about the beautiful.
What is the beautiful? One must speak of problems in painting!
- Pablo Picasso

And I like the idea of change.
Because I don't see why we should hang a painting on
the wall and then just not think of it anymore because
it's there like a piece of furniture.
- Minoru Yamasaki

Sunlight is painting.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Very quickly a painting is turned into a facsimile
of itself when one becomes so familiar with with it
that one recognizes it without looking at it.
- Robert Rauschenberg

Never invest in anything that eats or needs painting.
- Billy Rose

Pop Art looks out into the world.
It doesn't look like a painting of something,
it looks like the thing itself.
- Roy Lichtenstein

Now I'm a painter.
That was another opportunity I was able to pursue,
I've been painting all my life, now it's become a second
career because of my success in the movies.
- Tony Curtis

Frankly, these days, without a theory to go with it,
I can't see a painting.
- Tom Wolfe

I have sworn to die painting.
- Paul Cezanne

I am a great lover of art, in many forms:
paintings,
objets, textiles.
I don't have the talent for painting,
but I have a very good sense of colour,
a love of visual beauty.
- Jacqueline Bisset

Around 1980, I went back to painting with a vengeance.
- Martin Mull

I love painting.
- Heidi Klum

People were very affected by the war.
But it didn't mean you stopped painting unless you
were called into the Army;
then you just couldn't paint.
But otherwise one continued.
- Lee Krasner

Simultaneous contrast is not just a curious optical phenomenon -
it is the very heart of painting.
- Josef Albers

You know, face painting in non-Western cultures is a sign of collectivism,
is a sign of one representing the community,
it's not unique at all.
- Joseph Jarman

A painting is finished when the subject comes back,
when what has caused the painting to be made comes back as an object.
- Howard Hodgkin

If you scratch a great photograph, you find two things;
a painting and a photograph.
- Janet Malcolm

Painting is seen as picture making, the making of an art object,
something that can stand on its own.
- Peter Wright

Painting is sometimes like those recipes where you
do all manner of elaborate things to a duck,
and then end up putting it on one side and only using the skin.
- Lucian Freud

I hope to actually get back to painting someday...
soon.
I sort of transitioned into cartooning from painting.
- Max Cannon

When I look at a body it gives me choice of what to put in a painting,
what will suit me and what won't.
- Lucian Freud

Language is much closer to film than painting is.
- Sergei Eisenstein

I hardly need to abstract things, for each object is unreal enough already,
so unreal that I can only make it real by means of painting.
- Max Beckmann

I had always loved expressionist painting,
like every European.
In fact I admired it all the more because these were
precisely the paintings despised by my father's generation.
- Georg Baselitz

If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens.
- Grandma Moses

Oil-painting is a developed technique.
Why go backwards?
- Edvard Munch

No painting can tell the truth of a single instant;
no snapshot can do anything else.
- John A. Kouwenhoven

Painting is really good fun, I have always enjoyed it.
As long as I paint what I want with the freedom that I enjoy,
I never tire.
- John Dyer

I have been surrounded by artists and paintings throughout my life.
My father Ted Dyer is an artist, and from a very early
age I have spent time painting and drawing.
- John Dyer

There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured,
such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.
- Jean de la Bruyere

I found I have to stay painting.
- Alan Bean

One must act in painting as in life,
directly.
- Pablo Picasso

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

Nature engenders the science of painting.
- Robert Delaunay

It is no use painting the foot of the tree white,
the strength of the bark cries out from beneath the paint.
- Aime Cesaire

It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess.
Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take,
and the painting comes out well.
- Jackson Pollock

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

The final test of a painting, theirs,
mine, any other, is: does the painter's emotions come across?
- Franz Kline

A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting,
two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.
- Lord Byron

When superstition is allowed to perform the task of
old age in dulling the human temperament,
we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry,
in painting, and in music.
- Denis Diderot

Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas.
- Georges Braque


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