I start a picture and I finish it.
My painting does not come from the easel.
Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.
—Alfred de Vigny
One must always draw, draw with the eyes, when one cannot draw with a pencil.
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
—Vincent Van Gogh
Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.
—Miguel de Unamuno
Art is made to disturb, science reassures.
[Abstract art is] a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
—Alfred North Whitehead
Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
Let each man exercise the art he knows.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Art does not exist only to entertain, but also to challenge one to think, to provoke, even to disturb, in a constant search for truth.
I believe that if it were left to artists to choose their own labels, most would choose none.