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Most famous 100 Painting Quotes

The most popular 100 painting quotes and the celebrities who said them. Enhance your social media art posts adding these beautiful mottos in their descriptions. Here you will find painting quotes from Edgar Degas, Oscar Wilde, Frida Khalo, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and more.
1. “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do”
Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas - Painting Quotes
Edgar Degas – Painting Quotes

2. “The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.”
Jerzy Kosinski

3. “A picture is a poem without words.”

4. “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
Bob Ross

Bob Ross - Painting Quotes
Bob Ross – Painting Quotes

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

7. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso - Painting Quotes
Pablo Picasso – Painting Quotes

8. “Creativity takes courage.”
Henri Matisse

9. “Every artist was first an amateur”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Vincent Van Gogh - Painting Quotes
Vincent Van Gogh – Painting Quotes

11. “You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear through the search.”
Rick Riordan

12. “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

13. “I have an idea that the only thing which makes it possible to regard this world we live in without disgust is the beauty which now and then men create out of the chaos. The pictures they paint, the music they compose, the books they write, and the lives they lead. Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

14. I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.
Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo - Quotes
Frida Kahlo – Quotes

15. “If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
Vincent Willem van Gogh

16. “Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight.”
Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red

17. “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”
Pablo Picasso

18. “If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”
Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper
Edward Hopper

19. “The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.”
Vincent Willem van Gogh

20. “Writing, painting, singing- it cannot stop everything. Cannot halt death in its tracks. But perhaps it can make the pause between death’s footsteps sound and look and feel beautiful, can make the space of waiting a place where you can linger without as much fear. For we are all walking each other to our deaths, and the journey there between footsteps makes up our lives.”
Ally Condie, Reached

21. “Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.”
Pablo Picasso

22. “A fine work of art – music, dance, painting, story – has the power to silence the chatter in the mind and lift us to another place.”
Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

23. “Painting something that defies the law of the land is good. Painting something that defies the law of the land and the law of gravity at the same time is ideal.”
Banksy, Wall and Piece


24. “I paint the spirit and soul of what I see.”
Brian Froud

25. “The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they’re always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.”
Norman Rockwell

26. “All real works of art look as though they were done in joy.”
Robert Henri

27. “The painter will produce pictures of little merit if he takes the works of others as his standard”
Leonardo da Vinci

28. “I wanted to paint a picture some day that people would stand before and forget that it was made of paint. I wanted it to creep into them like a bar of music and mushroom there like a soft bullet.”
O. Henry

29. “Such is my relationship with God: on my gigantic canvass of life, I am the one throwing all of the brightly-colored paints, creating genuine splatters, authentic whirlpools of color, beautiful patterns, wonderful streaks and stains and wild accents; God is the one with the paintbrush who stands beside my canvass filling all the intricate and amazing details in between the whirlpools and the streaks! We’re happy together!”
C. JoyBell C.

30. “There is something beautiful about a blank canvas, the nothingness of the beginning that is so simple and breathtakingly pure. It’s the paint that changes its meaning and the hand that creates the story. Every piece begins the same, but in the end they are all uniquely different.”
Piper Payne

31. “Without atmosphere a painting is nothing.”
Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn

Rembrandt - Quotes
Rembrandt – Quotes

32. “A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people”
Edgar Degas

33. “When you want to make the main color pure and bright, don’t just keep adding bright colors on it. Just make the colors around the spot darker and dull. It will give the scene dramatical effects.
I think the life is the same.”
Hiroko Sakai

34. “I love to draw—pencil, ink pen—I love art. When I go on tour and visit museums in Holland, Germany or England—you know those huge paintings?—I’m just amazed. You don’t think a painter could do something like that. I can look at a piece of sculpture or a painting and totally lose myself in it.”
Michael Jackson

35. “Moonlight is sculpture; sunlight is painting”
Nathaniel Hawthorne

36. “There is something particularly fascinating about seeing places you know in a piece of art – be that in a film, or a photograph, or a painting.”
Sara Sheridan

37. “To talk about paintings is not only difficult but perhaps pointless too. You can only express in words what words are capable of expressing– what language can communicate. Painting has nothing to do with that.”
Gerhard Richter

38. “You have to work with the paint and work with whatever the day brings you. If it’s a wee bit dreary out, you paint it. But paint it so it makes you glad to be inside near a cozy fire.”
Kieran Kramer

39. “Life is like canvas and when you die you have to sign the bottom corner. Will you be happy with what the painting looks like?”
Lizabeth Zindel

40. “The painting has a life of its own”
Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock

41. “You see, for me, a painting is a dramatic action in the course of which the reality finds itself split apart. For me, that dramatic action takes precedence over all other considerations. The pure plastic act is only secondary as far as I’m concerned. What counts is the drama of that plastic art, the moment at which the universe comes out of itself and meets its own destruction.”
Francoise Gilot, Life with Picasso

42. “Do you know why we have the sunflowers? It’s not because Vincent van Gogh suffered. It’s because Vincent van Gogh had a brother who loved him. Through all the pain, he had a tether, a connection to the world. And that is the focus of the story we need – connection.”
Hannah Gadsby

43. “Like a painting; you are art and I hope I can be a piece of it.”
Giovannie de Sadeleer

44. “To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society.”
Man Ray

45. “An artist who works with his hands, his head and his heart at the same time creates a masterpiece.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

46. “I paint what I see and not what others like to see.”
Édouard Manet

47. “I discovered is that I’m an image maker, and I don’t care how its made—whether it’s through painting or photography or drawing—I just want to create images.”
James Stanford

48. “Sometimes, life becomes a painting all by itself.”
Anthony T. Hincks

49. “A painter of genius has a bovine mind. He does not think, he only sees.”
Jean-Michel Rene Souche

50. “Loan me a canvas and I will let down my guard. Loan me a paintbrush and I will reach into my soul. Loan me jars full of colors and I will submerge in a sea of possibilities. Loan me the time and you will see infinite versions of my being re-born.”
Efrat Cybulkiewicz

51. “There is nothing more prestigious than a beautiful soul painting the world with his or her vibrant colors”
Ms. Bonnie Zackson Koury

52. “Usually, a “great painter” is a dead painter.”
Jean-Michel Rene Souche, Along Odessa Beaches: Oil Paintings

53. “An artist needs to be free in imagination and disciplined in execution.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

54. “Art is a visual language; I’m just perfecting my alphabet.”
Zachary A. Diaz

55. “One of the most beautiful things to do is to paint darkness, which nevertheless has light in it.”
Van Gogh, Cartas a Theo

56. “Painting is mute poetry, and poetry is blind painting”
Leonardo da Vinci, Thoughts on Art and Life

57. “If you construct a room in paint, you haunt it. Your life rests in every stroke. So paint only the rooms that you can bear to occupy forever. Or paint the stars instead.”
Benjamin Wood, The Ecliptic

58. “A painting is a universal language which everyone can read, understand, and interpret in his own way through the power of imagination.”
Debasish Mridha

59. “Art is a distinct form of human communication. Art interprets experience, sensation, and feelings. An artistic work translates our mental images and allows other people to understand what we feel; art conveys our happiness, sadness, hopes, doubts, anxieties, fears, desires, and ineffable longings.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

60. “You can’t color your world with someone’s paint.”
Israelmore Ayivor, 101 Keys To Everyday Passion

61. “In time, all great masterpieces turn into shameless creatures who laugh at their creators.”
Erol Ozan

62. “We are all artists painting our desires on the canvas of life and time.”
Steven Redhead, Unleash The Power of Your Heart and Mind

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

64. “Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see.”
Philip Guston

Painting Quotes
Painting Quotes

65. “Painting is concerned with all the 10 attributes of sight; which are: Darkness, Light, Solidity and Colour, Form and Position, Distance and Propinquity, Motion and Rest. “
Leonardo da Vinci

66. “Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained. ”
Maurice de Vlaminck

Salvador Dali - Painting Quotes
Salvador Dali – Painting Quotes

67. “Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbor.”
Giotto di Bondone

68. “Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas.”
Georges Braque

69. “Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensations. ”
Paul Cezanne

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

71. “Painting is by nature a luminous language.”
Robert Delaunay

72. “Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen. “
Pablo Picasso

73. “In painting, you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.”
Edgar Degas

74. The point of painting is not really deception or imitation. ”
A. S. Byatt

75. “Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion”
Vincent Van Gogh

76. “Painting is a source of endless pleasure, but also of great anguish.”

77. “For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.”
Georges Rouault

Painting Quotes
Painting Quotes

78. “One learns about painting by looking at and imitating other painters.”
Frank Stella

79. “Painting is the aesthetic side of the object but it has never been original, has never been its own goal.”
Kazimir Malevich

80. “Painting becomes interesting when it becomes timeless.”
Peter Doig

81. “Painting calmed the chaos that shook my soul.”
Niki de St. Phalle

82. “Painting does what we cannot do – it brings a three-dimensional world into a two-dimensional plane.   ”
Chuck Jones

83. “Painting is the frozen evidence of a performance.”
Chuck Close

84. “Painting contains a divine force which… makes the dead seem almost alive.”
Leon Battista Alberti

86. “Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible.”

Painting Quotes
Painting Quotes

87. “The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerizes some painters so much that they turn into idiots themselves.”
Vincent Van Gogh

88. “Painting is the most beautiful of all arts. In it, all sensations are condensed; contemplating it, everyone can create a story at the will of his imagination and–with a single glance–have his soul invaded by the most profound recollections; no effort of memory, everything is summed up in one instant. A complete art which sums up all the others and completes them. Like music, it acts on the soul through the intermediary of the senses: harmonious colors correspond to the harmonies of sound. But in painting a unity is obtained which is not possible in music, where the accords follow one another, so that the judgment experiences a continuous fatigue if it wants to reunite the end with the beginning. The ear is actually a sense inferior to the eye. The hearing can only grasp a single sound at a time, whereas the sight takes in everything and simultaneously simplifies it at will.”
Paul Gauguin

89. “I’ve been doing a lot of abstract painting lately, extremely abstract. No brush, no paint, no canvas, I just think about it.”
Steven Wright

90. “Painting dissolves the forms at its command … it melts them into color.”
Alexander Eliot

91. “Life is a great big canvas, throw all the paint you can on it.”
Danny Kaye

92. “The best color to paint with is love.”
Jarod Kintz

93. “I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.”
Frida Kahlo

94. “I don’t paint what I look at, but what looks at me.”
Françoise Gilot

95. “There are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk.”
Charles Dickens

96. “Painting is something that takes place among the colors … one has to leave them alone completely so that they can settle the matter among themselves. Their intercourse: this is the whole of painting. Whoever meddles, arranges, injects his human deliberation, his wit, his advocacy, his intellectual agility in any way, is already disturbing and clouding their activity.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

97. “If you call painting dumb poetry, the painter may call poetry blind painting.”
Leonardo Da Vinci

98. “The painter with an original vision is always opposed by the schools. That is, at first. But when he wins out, then the schools merely take over his technique and use it as a club to put down the next creator. And so it goes.”
Horace Holley

99. “The good painter has two principal things to depict: man and the purpose of his mind. The first is easy, the second is difficult since he must do it by the gestures and movements of the limbs, and this is to be learned from the dumb, who more than all other men excel in it.”
Leonardo Da Vinci

100. “The Painter who seeks popularity in Art closes the door upon his own genius.”
Washington Allston