200 Art Quotes – To Inspire You To Create Today

If you’re an artist or aspiring one, you know that art is simply something of a necessity. Creativity is something that fuels your soul.

There may come a time, and if that time is now, that you don’t feel inspired or simply are too critical of your efforts, then these 200 art quotes might help with your perspective on things.

Being an artist has its challenges, as most of your work is technical and original, there comes a time when hurdles appear before you.

Here are 200 of our favorite inspirational art quotes written by great painters, photographers, sculptors writers, and more.

1.4% of the population are artists. If that’s you, enjoy these art quotes to boost inspiration.

Famous Art Quotes


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“The beautiful is always bizarre.”
Charles Baudelaire

“Everything you can imagine is real.”
Pablo Picasso

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“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
Leonardo da Vinci

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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Picasso

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“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
Leonardo da Vinci

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“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
Vincent Willem van Gogh

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“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
Émile Zola

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“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
Edgar Degas

Art Quotes About Life

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Thomas Merton

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“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Pablo Picasso

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“Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.”
Woody Allen

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“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”
Oscar Wilde

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“We have art in order not to die of the truth.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

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“The first mistake of art is to assume that it’s serious.”
Lester Bangs

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“If you know the why, you can live any how.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

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“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.”
George Bernard Shaw

“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.”
Madonna

“The public wants work which flatters its illusions.”
Gustave Flaubert

“Art is not a thing; it is a way. ”
Elbert Hubbard

“Art is, after all, only a trace – like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness.”
Robert Henri

Art Quotes On Imagination and Creativity


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“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”
Diane Arbus

“What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.”
Claude Monet

“The man who cannot visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot.”
Andre Breton

“I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists.”
Marcel Duchamp

“I shut my eyes in order to see.”
Paul Gauguin


“Art is what you can get away with.”
Andy Warhol

“Imagination governs the world.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

“Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.”
Danny Kaye



Advice Art Quotes

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson


“To be an artist means never to avert one’s eyes.”
Akira Kurosawa

“The first and most important thing an individual can do is to become an individual again, decontrol himself, train himself as to what is going on and win back as much independent ground for himself as possible”
William S. Burroughs

“Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art.”
Constantin Stanislavski

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”
Pablo Picasso

“Bring something incomprehensible into the world!”
Gilles Deleuze

“Creativity is an act of defiance.”
Twyla Tharp

“I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.”
Marcel Duchamp

“Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.”
Arthur Schopenhauer


“Whatever the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth -whether it existed before or not”
John Keats

“Creativity is an act of defiance.”
Twyla Tharp

“Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without thorn.”
Martin Amis

“Art is either revolution or plagiarism”
Paul Gauguin

“Art is, after all, only a trace – like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness.”
Robert Henri

“The recipe for great art has always been misery and a good bowel movement.”
Don Roff

“A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.”
Albert Camus

“Art is solving problems that cannot be formulated before they have been solved. The shaping of the question is part of the answer.”
Piet Hein


“It is obvious that art cannot teach anyone anything, since in four thousand years humanity has learnt nothing at all.”
Andrei Tarkovsky

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.”
Salvador Dalí

“Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.”
Edward Hopper


“There is no art without contemplation.”
Robert Henri

“Begin by learning to draw and paint like the old masters. After that, you can do as you like; everyone will respect you.”
Salvador Dalí

“Art is my cure to all this madness, sadness and loss of belonging in the world & through it I’ll walk myself home.”
Nikki Rowe

“The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.”
Oscar Wilde

“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.”
― Jackson Pollock

“In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can make it better.”
― Ernest Hemingway

“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.”
― Joan Miro

Art Quotes About Filmmaking

“Our primary function is to create an emotion and our secondary function is to sustain that emotions.”
― Alfred Hitchcock

“Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out”
Martin Scorsese

“A great director gives life to a work of art- gives it a heartbeat… a pulse… opens its eyes to the world.”
Adrienne Posey

“The foundation of Hollywood alchemically turned celluloid into gold and insincerity into an art form.”
Stewart Stafford



Short Art Quotes

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
― Albert Einstein