Art Quotes

Hi everybody and welcome to the new Art Quotes page. I’m working on creating Quotes by Locals, and we’ll eventually start a new page for that.

Meanwhile, enjoy these other Art Quotes (*work in progress)

“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.” – Emile Zola (1840-1902)

Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world. – Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.– Claude Monet (1840-1926)

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
– Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.  – Michelangelo (1475-1564)

“I am still learning.” – Michelangelo

To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.
– Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)

 1918 Georgia O’Keeffe portrait in 1918 by Alfred Stieglitz

I decided to start anew – to strip away what I had been taught, to accept as true my own thinking. – Georgia O’Keeffe


Art is a way of recognizing oneself.

– Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010)

The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to.
– Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.  – Frida Kahlo

I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.” – Frida Kahlo

They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality. – Frida Kahlo

Art is coming face to face with yourself.
– Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)

Art = a mad search for individualism.
– Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)

Art is not a thing, it is a way.
– Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. – Pablo Picasso


To create, one must first question everything.
– Eileen Gray (1878-1976)

The more I work, the more I want to work.
-Joan Miro (1893-1983)

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
– William Faulkner (1897-1962)

All I did was to look at what the universe showed me, to let my brush bear witness to it. – Claude Monet (1840-1926)

I haven’t many years left ahead of me and I must devote all my time to painting, in the hope of achieving something worthwhile in the end, something if possible that will satisfy me. – Claude Monet

We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause. – Steven Pressfield

I am an artist because the knot is so powerful I just can not, nor want to be, anything else or do anything else. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please.
– Andre Malraux (1901 – 1976)

The great geniuses are those who have kept their childlike spirit and have added to it breadth of vision and experience.
– Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946)

I just wanna make the world a better-looking place. If you don’t like it, you can paint over it! – Banksy

If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.
Eddie Colla

(By the way, this was wrongly attributed to Banksy in a print which Walmart incorrectly attributed, though since removed. You can read more here.)

** Still working on this page and will be adding more to it.

Eventually we’ll create our own page of Quotes by Locals. So if you have any cool ones or see or hear your friends or others say anything poignant, email them in to admin@alternativehouston.com
Some may be selected and published.

Music Quotes page coming soon! 🙂