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37 great painting quotes:

I paint things as they are. I don’t comment. I record.
~Henri De Toulouse Lautrec

A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.
~John Singer Sargent

When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.
~Vincent Van Gogh

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
~Pablo Picasso

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
~Claude Monet

If we could paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
~Honore de Balzac

I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.
~Salvador Dali

A good painter is to paint two main things, men and the working of mans mind.
~Leonardo Da Vinci

A good artist mixes his paints with his brushes; a great one mixes them with his brains.
~Unknown Author

A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.
~Edmond de Goncourt

As a general truth, it is safe to say that any picture that produces a moral impression is a bad picture.
~Edmond de Goncourt

Painting does not come from intelligence so much, as from sight and feeling and invention.
~Hamerton

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.
~Degas

Sunlight is painting
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
~Pablo Picasso

If my husband would ever meet a woman on the street who looked like the women in his paintings, he would fall over in a dead faint.
~Mrs. Pablo Picasso

If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.
~Edward Hopper

Everyone wants to understand painting. Why don’t they try to understand the signing of birds? People love the night, a flower, everything that surrounds them without trying to understand them. But painting - that they must understand.
~Pablo Picasso

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Good painting is like good cooking: it can be tasted, but not explained.
~Vlaminck

A painter leaves his emotions behind him for posterity to share.
~Augustus John

An abstract painting is like a woman: you’ll never get to like it if you try to understand it.
~Unknown Author

It takes art to paint a picture, but craft to sell it.
~Unknown Author

There are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk.
~Charles Dickens

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
~Henry Ward Beecher

Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
~Vincent van Gogh

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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.
~Simonides

The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later.
~Joan Miro

As a painter I shall never signify anything of importance. I feel it Absolutely.
~Vincent van Gogh

One of the hardest things to do is to paint darkness which nonetheless has light in it.
~Vincent van Gogh

Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
~John Singer Sargent

I hope with all my heart there will be painting in heaven.
~Jean Baptiste Corot

Painting is a blind man profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.
~Pablo Picasso

I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.
~Vincent van Gogh

For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.
~Georges Rouault

When I look at a painting it isn’t only the painting I see but the thing that I am. If there is more in the painting that I am, then I won’t see it.
~Ivan Eyre

I paint objects as I think them, not as i see them.
~Pablo Picasso

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