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    Twentieth-century art may start with nothing, but it flourishes by virtue of its belief in itself, in the possibility of control over what seems essentially uncontrollable, in the coherence of the inchoate, and in its ability to create its own values.

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Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.

Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.

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You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink read more

You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.

by Henri Matisse Found in: Art and artists Quotes,
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Balance is the enemy of art.

Balance is the enemy of art.

by Richard Eyre Found in: Art and artists Quotes,
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The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.

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Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments. An artist recreates those aspects of reality read more

Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments. An artist recreates those aspects of reality which represent his fundamental view of man's nature.

by Marcel Proust Found in: Art and artists Quotes,
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The arts are not just instantaneous pleasure -- if you don't like it, the artist is wrong. I belong to read more

The arts are not just instantaneous pleasure -- if you don't like it, the artist is wrong. I belong to the generation which says if you don't like it, you don't understand and you ought to find out.

by John Drummond Found in: Art and artists Quotes,
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About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.

by Josh Billings Found in: Art and artists Quotes,
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The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.

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Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.

by Salvador Dali Found in: Art and artists Quotes,
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