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Painters Quotes


"Photographers are failed painters." - Paul Theroux

"Painters used red like spice" - Derek Jarman

"Only God Almighty makes painters." - Godfrey Kneller

"Painters and poets have liberty to lie." - Robert Burns

"[Alexander] Hamilton estimated portrait painters as thieves of time." - Gertrude Atherton

"Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely." - Winston Churchill

"We painters use the same license as poets and madmen." - Paolo Veronese

"Bologna is celebrated for producing popes, painters, and sausage." - Lord Byron

"writers without books, poets without verses, painters without pictures." - Fernando Sabino

"Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black." - Proverbs

"Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up." - Miguel De Cervantes

"Lawyers and painters can soon make what's black, white." - Proverbs

"Painters are noted for being dissipated and wild." - William Blake

"A photographer must choose a palette as painters choose theirs." - Joel Sternfeld

"Painters and poets have equal license in regard to everything." - Horace

"Painters who are not colorists produce illumination, not painting." - Eugene Delacroix

"Painters paint, and history continues to make fools of curators." - Robert Genn

"Most painters want recognition, especially by their peers." - Bob Ross

"Painters aren't expected to paint bleak pictures, are they?" - Alexander Mccall Smith

"All painters are interested in photography to a certain extent." - David Hockney

"Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black." - Henry George Bohn

"Real painters understand with a brush in their hand." - Berthe Morisot

"Painters must speak through paint, not through words." - Hans Hofmann

"Painters were also attorneys, happy storytellers of anecdote, psychologists, botanists, zoologists, archaeologists, engineers, but there were no creative painters." - Kazimir Malevich

"There are, of course, always painters whom I admire and find fascinating. I've often thought, 'Goodness, if I could paint like the Danish Golden Age painters, the early 19th century painters, the way they could paint a landscape - absolutely beautiful.'" - Margrethe Ii Of Denmark

"Painters, especially American painters since the Second World War, have been much more troubled, beset by formal perplexity, than American writers. Theyve been a laboratory for everybody." - Donald Barthelme

"Abstract and conceptual painters face different demons than representational painters, but neither group has a monopoly on either authenticity or originality." - Steven Whitney

"Painters, especially American painters since the Second World War, have been much more troubled, beset by formal perplexity, than American writers. They've been a laboratory for everybody." - Donald Barthelme

"Today painters do not have to go to a subject matter outside of themselves. Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within." - Jackson Pollock

"I always say Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is my biggest influence. But for painters, I like many, many painters, but I love Francis Bacon the most, and Edward Hopper." - David Lynch

"This theme of bigness - all painters and sculptors have dealt with it ever since." - Michael Heizer

"The best musicians transpose consciousness into sound; painters do the same for color and shape." - Haruki Murakami

"You cannot paint the Mona Lisa by assigning one dab each to a thousand painters." - William F Buckley Jr

"And so when studying faces, we do indeed measure them, but as painters, not as surveyors." - Marcel Proust

"Painters understand nature and love it, and teach us to see." - Vincent Van Gogh

"You have no idea what portrait painters suffer from the vanity of their sitters." - Kenneth Clark

"I did' know that painters and writers retired. They"re like soldiers - they just fade away." - Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"I say that good painters imitated nature; but that bad ones vomited it." - Miguel De Cervantes

"I didn't know that painters and writers retired. They're like soldiers - they just fade away." - Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"Painters can study the masters can't they? Musicians can hear Beethoven. What will filmmakers do?" - Eva Marie Saint

"Most male painters have historically admired the female form. It's got a lot going for it." - Stella Mccartney

"Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within." - Jackson Pollock

"We wouldn't be artists, writers, painters, musicians, if we weren't sensitive." - Wayne Coyne

"I have painted enough to have a lot of respect for mediocre painters. It's really hard." - Peter Schjeldahl

"Princes should have more to fear from historians than have ugly women from great painters." - Antonio Perez

"We were outcasts, roughly expressionist painters not acceptable to most dealers and collectors." - Adolph Gottlieb

"In recent times, Surrealist painters have used descriptive illusionistic academic methods." - Hans Arp

"Abstract painters: redefine your perspectives. Think in terms of the whole, not simply its parts." - Joshua L. Goldberg

"I make movies just as painters paint: I work where I can." - Jeanjacques Annaud

"Painters of paintings, writers of books, never could tell the half." - Lorenz Hart

"Some people are painters, and some are ballet dancers, and I'm a writer." - Alice Walker

"I think that most people think painters are kind of ridiculous, you know?" - Roy Lichtenstein

"Filmmakers are going to make films, just like painters are going to paint." - Richard Linklater

"I make movies just as painters paint: I work where I can." - Jean-Jacques Annaud

"Titian, Rembrandt and Goya were the great painters. I am only a public clown." - Pablo Picasso

"What a trade! Poor painters! They always wish to be understood, and they are analysed instead." - Pablo Picasso

"A painter with prestige among painters is bound to be discovered sooner or later." - Harold Rosenberg

"Painters ought to be mute. Speech is the enemy of expression." - Ben Okri

"I like all those painters who loved and had a strong feeling for nature." - Alfred Sisley

"When I'm dead, I wanna leave a body of work, like authors or great painters do." - Paul Weller

"I like to move among painters, mathematicians, psychologists, people who can tell me something." - George Woodcock

"One learns about painting by looking at and imitating other painters." - Frank Stella

"All inspired painters are impressionists, even though it be true that some impressionists are not inspired." - Joaquin Sorolla

"It has always been difficult for historians to fully grasp the intelligence of painters." - Dore Ashton

"... too many young painters of the day work for the crowd, and not for art. But, then, should not the painters of the day work for the education of the crowd?" - M. E. W. Sherwood

"The thing that interests me is that today painters do not have to go to a subject-matter outside themselves. Modern painters work in a different way. They work from within." - Jackson Pollock

"If painters could be compared to filmmakers, Bosch is the Hype Williams of renaissance painters. With Bosch, there's always a narrative that is very nonlinear - and that's the essence of a good music video." - Grimes

"Representational painters: loosen the grip of inflexibility! Abstract painters: tighten your hold on crafting your images! In both types of painting students need to unlearn what one has acquired." - Joshua L. Goldberg

"The men resent a woman getting any honour in what they consider is essentially their field. Men painters mostly despise women painters. So I have decided to stop squirming, to throw any honour in with Canada and women." - Emily Carr

"The house was as empty as a beer closet in premises where painters have been at work." - Mark Twain

"Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The New York action painters want their pictures to jump off the walls and chase you down the street." - Mason Cooley

"Painters make paintings, but it takes a representative of the art-world to make a work of art." - Richard Wollheim

"Digital art software has empowered both the painterly side of photographers, and the photographer side of painters." - Buffy Sainte-Marie

"Im not, by nature, a collaborator. My biggest influences were people like painters and poets. These are solitary workers." - Robert Wyatt

"I entreat fresh visions from the painters. Be lavish with your vermilion to portray the mountains in the spring." - Lu Xun

"It used to be that painters were crazy and sculptors clever. Today it's the other way around." - Giorgio De Chirico

"Earthworms cannot be painters. Those who live in the darkness can never perceive and appreciate the beauties of the light!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Can it be possible that the painters make John the Baptist a Spaniard in Madrid and an Irishman in Dublin?" - Mark Twain

"For the film maker must come by his convention, as painters and writers and musicians have done before him." - Virginia Woolf

"I'm probably much more influenced by film-makers and painters than I am by other songwriters or poets," - PJ Harvey

"I like to compare my method with that of painters centuries ago, proceeding from layer to layer." - Alberto Moravia

"We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bone." - Henry David Thoreau

"I love painters because I don't paint, so I get to enjoy art; I like collecting paintings." - Fred Armisen

"Most of what I do is for creative people - writers and painters and photographers - trying to work through creative problems." - Jessa Crispin

"Painters and poets are obliged to exaggerate the proportions of their figures in order to give true perspective." - Mahatma Gandhi

"We are the two great painters of this era; you are in the Egyptian style, I in the modern style." - Henri Rousseau

"To be original one needs to learn the ideas of other painters in order to be different from them." - Edgar Alwin Payne

"The danger, I find, is that you can become too formulaic, like some commissioned portrait painters who develop a methodology." - Jamie Wyeth

"The men liked to put me down as the best woman painter. I think I'm one of the best painters." - Georgia O'Keeffe

"Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun." - Pablo Picasso

"They ought to put out the eyes of painters as they do goldfinches in order that they can sing better." - Pablo Picasso

"Digital art software has empowered both the painterly side of photographers, and the photographer side of painters." - Buffy Saintemarie

"I have been criticized rather strenuously by painters and sculptors for not incorporating their work in our buildings." - Minoru Yamasaki

"A thousand painters ought to be killed yearly. Say what you like: I'm every inch a painter." - Paul Cezanne

"Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea." - John Ciardi

"Generally my focus has been on people who make things, whether it's writers or directors or painters or musicians." - Anton Corbijn

"I'm probably much more influenced by film-makers and painters than I am by other songwriters or poets." - P J Harvey

"I should like to present myself to the young painters of the year 2000 with the wings of a butterfly." - Pierre Bonnard

"With a limited palette, the older painters could do just as well as today what they did was sounder." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"Poets and painters have the power to dare, I mean to dare to do whatever they may approve of..." - Michelangelo

"Poets heap virtues, painters gems, at will, And show their zeal, and hide their want of skill." - Alexander Pope

"I am anxious that the world should be inclined to look to painters for information about painting." - John Constable

"It is vain for painters... to endeavour to invent without materials on which the mind may work." - Joshua Reynolds

"The so-called conscientiousness of the majority of painters is only perfection applied to the art of boring." - Eugene Delacroix

"I've known painters who never did any good work because instead of painting their models they seduced them." - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"Too many modern painters set themselves satisfied with just a coincidence, the spot in its raw, meaningless form." - Pierre Alechinsky

"Youth must go ahead and prosper. These young painters are all very talented people, but they all paint frescoes." - Edvard Munch

"David is purely a conceptual artist. He didn't play any instruments or paint or anything. We were painters." - Tina Weymouth

"I'm not, by nature, a collaborator. My biggest influences were people like painters and poets. These are solitary workers." - Robert Wyatt

"I would love to have been a painter in the tradition of the surrealist painters who I admire so much." - J G Ballard

"Portrait painters' mission is to portray people and the beauty of Creation. They should stay clear of ego..." - Igor Babailov

"Painters are amongst the priests - worker priests of the cult of man - searching to understand but never know." - Brice Marden

"The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerises some painters so much that they turn into idiots themselves." - Vincent Van Gogh

"The artists that I love- whether painters or filmmakers- it's because something resonates in me because I've felt it." - PJ Harvey

"During the Renaissance, women were not allowed to attend art school. Everyone asks, where are the great women painters of the Renaissance?" - Karen Decrow

"My faith is that I don't believe in fate! We are not puppets or zombies of destiny. We are the main painters of our life's canvas." - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"The personal lives of painters are tragic and inevitable and do not explain the artist. For the artist is his work and no longer human." - Sam Francis

"There are many people who claim to be good cooks; just as there are many people who, after having repainted the garden gate take themselves to be painters." - Fernand Point

"Most painters have painted themselves. So have most poets: not so palpably indeed, but more assiduously. Some have done nothing else." - Augustus William Hare

"Art is not the possession of the few who are recognized writers, painters, musicians; it is the authentic expression of any and all individuality." - John Dewey

"Why not draw naked guys, just to be fair? Naked women is art, naked guys a no-no, I bet. Probably because most painters are men." - Laurie Halse Anderson

"For me there are no rules. I think I learned that from artists-from painters and sculptors. It took photography a while to catch up to them." - Larry Clark

"Most people who think they can't live up to the great painters of the past, often times have a group of people they think they're better than." - Laura Owens

"You have understood what all great painters understand: in order to forget the rules, you must know them and respect them." - Paulo Coelho

"Painters get up and paint. Writers get up and write. I like to get up and act. It's not a big deal. It makes me happy." - Samuel L Jackson

"I have seen no men in life loving their profession so much as painters, except, perhaps, actors, who, when not engaged themselves, always go to the play." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"Many young painters would never have taken their pencils in hand if they could have felt, known, and understood, early enough, what really produced a master like Raphael." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"How many impressionist painters painted the same damned thing? How many actors have played the same part in renditions of a play or dancers do the same dances," - Paul Provenza

"Poets, not otherwise than philosophers, painters, sculptors, and musicians, are, in one sense, the creators, and, in another, the creations, of their age." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"It entered the visual vocabulary of photographers, painters and sculptors and focused on what pictures and words look like and what they can mean." - Barbara Kruger

""Do not call yourself an "artist-photographer" and make "artist-painters" and "artist-sculptors" laugh; call yourself a photographer and wait for artists to call you brother."" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Poets and painters are outside the class system, or rather they constitute a special class of their own, like the circus people and the Gypsies." - Gerald Brenan

"Sculptors, poets, painters, musicians-they're the traditional purveyors of Beauty. But it can as easily be created by a gardener, a farmer, a plumber, a careworker." - Charles De Lint

"Every good composition is above all a work of abstraction. All good painters know this. But the painter cannot dispense with subjects altogether without his work suffering impoverishment." - Diego Rivera

"Books are the true means of acquiring talent. If one does not read one remains ignorant, and ignorance can never produce true painters." - Francesco Albani

"Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day." - Winston Churchill

"Writers, Composers, Painters, - also artists like directors and actors fall into the same category. They have to be handled with kid gloves, mentally and physically" - Marlene Dietrich

"I didn't see painters doing paintings of glassware and glass shelves or sand dunes and receding snow fences. Why does that interest photographers and not artists?" - John Baldessari

"It is better to be nothing than a follower of other painters. The wise man has said when one follows another one is always behind." - Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

"The colors and creativity of our painters attracted me, but I remember that I was shocked by the lack of proportion." - Ralph Allen

"Two of the most frustrated trades are dentists and photographers - dentists because they want to be doctors, and photographers because they want to be painters." - Pablo Picasso

"When you do music, your friends are writers, actors, painters. It's all under the sameroof. So anything creative is interesting to me..." - Alison Mosshart

"I did take one drawing class in school, but for this book I spent a lot of time talking to painters and asking them silly questions." - Liza Campbell

"For many years it was difficult for me to paint because I didn't feel the informal painting that was then tyrannically dominating painters and art collectors." - Domenico Gnoli

"We are the two great painters of this era; you are in the Egyptian style, I in themodern style. (to Pablo Picasso)" - Henri Rousseau

"Trying to cope with the balance between home life and road life has been a theme in my music since early Red House Painters records." - Mark Kozelek

"It was a deep true thought which the old painters had, when they drew John as likest to his Lord. Love makes us like." - Alexander MacLaren

"5. It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted." - Barnett Newman

"...there is a striking similarity in the surrealist and abstract painters attitude to the object;both have a horror of it in its proper context." - John Piper (artist)