“The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”

“The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been concealed by the answers.”

“All art is but imitation of nature.”

“Art completes what nature cannot bring to a finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature’s unrealized ends.”

“Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers - and never succeeding.”

“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.”

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”

“What is grievous, dompting, grim, about our lives is that we are shut up within ourselves, with an itch to get outside ourselves. And to be stolen away from ourselves by Art is a momentary relaxation from that itching, a minute's profound, and as it were secret, enfranchisement.”

“The most effective mode of communications that exists.”

“The actual work of art is what the product does with and in experience.”

“Art is a completed pass. You don’t just throw it out into the world-- someone has to catch it.”

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

“Art is a way of recognizing oneself, which is why it will always be modern.”

“Art is long, life is short.”

“What you're trying to create is a certain kind of an indispensable presence, where your position in the narrative is not contingent on whether somebody likes you, or somebody knows you, or somebody's a friend, or somebody's being generous to you.”

"Highest form of hope."

“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.”

“Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, the deification of existence.”


“Art has always been the raft on to which we climb to save our sanity.”

“I have this very what you call today ‘square’ idea that art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.”

"A form of catharsis."

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”

“Art is visceral and vulgar ― it’s an eruption.”

“Art grows out of grief and joy, but mainly grief. It is born of people’s lives.”

“The work of art is a scream of freedom.”

“The conscious utterance of thought, by speech or action, to any end, is art.”

“Even the act of peeling a potato can be a work of art if it is a conscious act.”

“Ideas alone can be works of art….All ideas need not be made physical.…A work of art may be understood as a conductor from the artist’s mind to the viewer’s. But it may never reach the viewer, or it may never leave the artist’s mind.”

“Art has to be something that makes you scratch your head.”

“Art is anything you can get away with.”

“An essential element of any art is risk. If you don’t take a risk then how are you going to make something really beautiful, that hasn’t been seen before?”

“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.”

"Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth."

“Art allows you to imbue the truth with a sort of magic, so it can infiltrate the psyches of more people, including those who don’t believe the same things as you.”

“Art is not a thing, it is a way.”

“What art is, in reality, is this missing link, not the links which exist. It’s not what you see that is art; art is the gap.”