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Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Pablo Picasso
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The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.”
Eugene Delacroix
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Whoever wants to know something about me - as an artist which alone is significant - they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognise what I am and what I want.”
Gustav Klimt
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Whoever wants to know something about me - as an artist which alone is significant - they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognise what I am and what I want.





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Every human being should be an artist. Everything can become beautiful art.”
Novalis
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Great artists have no country.”
Alfred de Musset
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One must be a living man and a posthumous artist.”
Jean Cocteau - Le Coq et l’Arlequin
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It is human nature to want to exchange ideas, and I believe that, at bottom, every artist wants no more than to tell the world what he has to say. I have sometimes heard painters say that they paint 'for themselves': but I think they would soon have painted their fill if they lived on a desert island. ”
M. C. Escher
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An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture.”
Jean Cocteau
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An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.”
Jean Cocteau - Le Coq et l’Arlequin
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Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.”
Leo Tolstoy
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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”
Émile Zola
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The artist can wish for nothing better than blunt friends and polite enemies.”
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
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It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.”
Virginia Woolf
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The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.”
Henry David Thoreau
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An unhappy nation makes great artists.”
Alfred de Musset
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I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.”
Albert Einstein
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A great artist is a great man in a great child.”
Victor Hugo
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Good artists copy, great artists steal.”
Pablo Picasso
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The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated.”
Charles Baudelaire
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An artist is an artist only because of his exquisite sense of beauty, a sense which shows him intoxicating pleasures, but which at the same time implies and contains an equally exquisite sense of all deformities and all disproportion.”
Charles Baudelaire
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Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.”
Gustave Flaubert
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To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.”
Auguste Rodin
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An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.”
Paul Valéry
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The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.”
Auguste Rodin
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The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”
Oscar Wilde
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