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An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.

An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.

And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves "It's pretty, but is it Art?"

Art and science have their meeting point in method.

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.

Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.

Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.

Art does not imitate nature, but founds itself on the study of nature-takes from nature the selections which best accord with its own intention, and then bestows on them that which nature does not possess, viz.: the mind and soul of man.

Art does not lie in copying nature. - Nature furnishes the material by means of which to express a beauty still unexpressed in nature. - The artist beholds in nature more than she herseif is conscious of.

Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.

Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms.

Art employs method for the symmetrical formation of beauty, as science employs it for the logical exposition of truth; but the mechanical process is, in the last, ever kept visibly distinct, while in the first it escapes from sight amid the shows of color and the shapes of grace.

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

Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.

Art for art's sake.

Art for art's sake. [Lat., Ars gratia artis.]

Art hath an enemy called ignorance.

Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint.

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.


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