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• Great art picks up where nature ends.
—Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

• Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.
—Paul Klee (1879-1940)

• Artists must be sacrficed to their art. Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 -1882)

• There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.
—Cyril Connolly (1903 -1974)

• Art is a revolt against fate.
—André Malraux (1901 - 1976)

Quotes on Art and Artists (Greatest Quotes Series)

• A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual.
—Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977)

• Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
—Edgard Varése (1883 - 1965

• All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. [from The Picture of Dorian Gray]
— Oscar Wilde (1854 -1900)

• Love art. Of all lies, it is the least untrue.
—Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 1880)

• We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand.
—Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)

• A work of art has an author and yet, when it is perfect, it has something which is anonymous about it.
—Simone Weil (1909 - 1943)

• The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it.
—Francois de la Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

• All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
—Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

• I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
—Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

• Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing.
— Lucille Clifton (b. 1936)

• You cannot explain me with "isms." they are very bad for an artist. What one must believe in is color.
—Marc Chagall (1887-1985)