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Agnes Martin Quotes

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Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.
- Agnes Martin

Happiness is being on the beam with life -
to feel the pull of life.
- Agnes Martin

When I think of art I think of beauty.
Beauty is the mystery of life.
It is not in the eye it is in the mind.
In our minds there is awareness of perfection.
- Agnes Martin

Any material may be used but the theme is the same
and the response is the same for all artwork...
we all have the same concern, but the artist must know
exactly what the experience is.
He must pursue the truth relentlessly.
- Agnes Martin

 

To progress in life you must give up the things you do not like.
Give up doing the things that you do not like to do.
You must find the things that you do like.
The things that are acceptable to your mind.
- Agnes Martin

My paintings are not about what is seen.
They are about what is known forever in the mind.
- Agnes Martin

If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
- Arne Jacobsen

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Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

Take time today to appreciate beauty -
natural beauty, art, people.
Slow down, breathe deeply, smile.
It's a beautiful world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters,
is simplicity.
- Walt Whitman

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men,
is the same as saying of some kind of food that it
is very good but that most people can't eat it.
- Leo Tolstoy

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than
to continue living for art.
- Clara Schumann

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather,
and exposing them to the critic.
- Ambrose Bierce

Art consists of limitation.
The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tell me what company thou keepst,
and I'll tell thee what thou art.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself,
and dies of all others.
- Albert Camus

Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the
unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
- Al Capp

Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.
- Marshall McLuhan

Great art picks up where nature ends.
- Marc Chagall

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
- Marshall McLuhan

The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully
few real and lasting products of human endeavor.
- Paul Getty

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
- Henry A. Kissinger

In art as in love, instinct is enough.
- Anatole France

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
- Michelangelo

Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.
- Alfred de Vigny

People say conversation is a lost art;
how often I have wished it were.
- Edward R. Murrow

Art is science made clear.
- Wilson Mizner

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

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training,
for it trains people as to how they should think.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time.
Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things
which always become ugly with time.
- Jean Cocteau

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
- Oscar Wilde

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
- Scott Adams

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language
that can transcend political or social boundaries.
- Jimmy Carter

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.
- Aristotle

Art is not a study of positive reality,
it is the seeking for ideal truth.
- John Ruskin

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
- Theodore Bikel

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome.
No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
- Andre Gide

Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint.
- Robert Delaunay

Every human is an artist.
The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
- Harry S. Truman

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
- Jonathan Swift

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
- Twyla Tharp

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist,
and the less the artist does the better.
- Andre Gide

Courage is the art of being the only one
who knows you're scared to death.
- Earl Wilson

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
- Roy Lichtenstein

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

Be slow to fall into friendship;
but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
- Socrates

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as
a basis for architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward
what is arcane and concealed.
- Khalil Gibran

Art is the desire of a man to express himself,
to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
- Amy Lowell

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living
forms and social intercourse.
- Francis Bacon

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

The principles of true art is not to portray,
but to evoke.
- Jerzy Kosinski

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

Art hurts.
Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

All art is autobiographical.
The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
- Federico Fellini

Wherever art appears, life disappears.
- Robert Motherwell

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Art is a revolt against fate.
- Andre Malraux

Drawing is the honesty of the art.
There is no possibility of cheating.
It is either good or bad.
- Salvador Dali

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
- Ambrose Bierce

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
- Pablo Picasso

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
- Jean Rostand

When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others,
to bring them into the process.
- Jim Hodges

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
- Gustave Flaubert

All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca


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