What is art
Art should be like a holiday: something to give a man the opportunity to see things differently and to change his point of view.
Art does not reproduce the visible, rather it makes visible.
Art seems to me to be above all a state of soul.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.
In art, there is neither past nor future. The art that is not in the present will never be.
Art is to me the glorification of the human spirit.
To sense the invisible and to be able to create it, that is art.
Art is the expression of the artist´s overflowing soul.
Art is not a thing but a moving Spirit.
Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.
Art has the lovely habit of ruining all artistic theories.
Art is the pleasure of a spirit that enters nature and discovers that it too has a soul.
Art is the journey of a free soul.
Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.
Art happens, no hovel is safe from it, no prince can depend on it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about.
James Abbott McNrill Whistler
When contemplating a work of art it is possible to perceive if it has been created according to the eye or to the spirit, in other words, if it projects three-dimensional reality or spiritual n-dimensionality.
Theo van Doesburg
Art to me is an anecdote of the spirit, and the only means of making concrete the purpose of its varying swiftness and stillness.
Art is the beginning of vision into the realm of eternal life.
A work of art comes only from inside a human being.
Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality.
Great art picks up where nature ends.
True art lies in a reality that is felt.
Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.
Art is something given, not reproduced... the painter paints what he sees with his innermost senses, the expression of his being… for him every other impression becomes an inner expression.
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
I cannot expect even my own art to provide all of the answers, only to hope it keeps asking the right questions.
Art is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real.
Art is literacy of the heart.
Art has a voice, let it speak.
Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it.
Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.
Art is a consciousness-provoking vessel.
Art is the role of a bearer of spirits.
Art is a celebration of life, intended by the artist to put the spectator in touch with the divine.
Whatever adds richness to the experience of being alive, is art.
Art is love.
Art knows. Art sees beyond. Art points us in new directions that make us think and question.
Art is a necessity, an essential part of our enlightenment process.
Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure.
Alfred North Whitehead
All art is an attempt to manifest the face of God in life.
It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it, maker and beholder meet.
The goal of art was the vital expression of self.
Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist.
My concern is never art, but always what art can be used for.
Art is a guarantee of sanity.
Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb.
If art has a purpose, it is to interpret life, reproduce it in fresh visions.
Catherine Drinker Bowen
Art and religion –they are the same thing, in the end, of course– have given man the only happiness he has ever had.
Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.
Art is both the taking and giving of beauty, the turning out to the light of the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit.
Much of what is billed as "art" today is a reflection of the deep spiritual poverty that has overtaken the lives of many artists. Out of the darkness comes more darkness. Emptiness yields up emptiness.
Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.
I think of art as a glue, a cultural and social glue. It's one of the means that has served to show us the things we believe in and the things we celebrate; it has served to reinforce our relationship to each other.
Art should create an experience.
Art is a process, not a product.
MaryAnn F. Kohl
Without magic, there is no art. Without art, there is no idealism. Without idealism, there is no integrity. Without integrity, there is nothing but production.