18 Quotes about Art to Add Color to Your Week

What do you think of when you think of an artist?

I think first of my daughter, who is always painting and fills our home with color. I also think about artists in a broader sense: musician friends in Nashville and even entrepreneurs who are dreaming up new solutions to problems. Authors, too, are artists, substituting words for paints. Any individual who innovates is also a type of artist, tapping into the creative genius inside.

How dull and drab the world would be without artists!

Here are eighteen quotes about art to add some color and imagination into your week.


“Art is not always about pretty things. It’s about who we are, what happened to us, and how our lives are affected.” –Elizabeth Broun


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


“When it comes to art, it’s important not to hide the madness.” –Atticus


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


“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” –Pablo Picasso


“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” –Joseph Chilton Pearce

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.” –Georgia O’Keeffe


“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” –Pablo Picasso


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


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


“Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.” –Roy Adzak


“The highest purpose of art is to inspire.” –Bob Dylan


“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” –Michelangelo


“The object of art is to give life a shape.” –William Shakespeare


“Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” –Edgar Degas


“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” –Henry David Thoreau


“I dream my painting and then I paint my dream.” –Vincent Van Gogh


“In every work of art, the artist himself is present.” –Christian Morgenstern



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