ART QUOTES: What is an Artist? Part 2

See “What is an Artist?” Part 1 at this link


Peter Paul Rubens “The Four Continents”

I’m just a simple man standing alone with my old brushes, asking God for inspiration.

-Peter Paul Rubens



Henry Miller “Two Heads”

An artist earns the right to call himself a creator only when he admits to himself that he is but an instrument.

-Henry Miller




Paul Cezanne “Self Portrait”

The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself.

-Paul Cezanne



Norman Rockwell “All Together”

The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they’re always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.

-Norman Rockwell



Paul Gauguin “Daydreaming”

The great artist is a formulation of the greatest intelligence: he is the recipient of sensations which are the most delicate and consequently the most invisible expressions of the brain.

-Paul Gauguin

6 thoughts on “ART QUOTES: What is an Artist? Part 2

  1. Looks like Cezanne, Miller, and Rubens had it about right. Gaugin is a little full of himself.

  2. This may be nothing but, I’ve never heard of an artist who’s also a stand up comedian,. I can’t even picture it. They seem to always be very serious.

  3. Re: The Four Continents
    The babies at the bottom hint that there may have been a little continental plate drift involved, subduction and grinding at fault lines. Who knew Rubens had a grasp of plate tectonics that far back.

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