Painting Quotes About Painters

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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