ART QUOTES: What is an Artist? Part 2

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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


ART QUOTES: Visionary Experience


Max Beckmann “Perseus”

“All important things in art have always originated from the deepest feeling about the mystery of Being.”

-Max Beckmann



Carl Jung “Solar Barge”

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens.”

–Carl Jung



From “Crazy Over You” Charles Thomson
“The artist to a certain extent is a seer or a visionary.”
-Charles Thomson
Paul Cezanne “Chateau Noir”
“What I am trying to translate to you is more mysterious; it is entwined in the very roots of being, in the implacable source of sensations.”
-Paul Cezanne

guston7Philip Guston “Painters Forms”

“There comes a point when the paint doesn’t feel like paint. I don’t know why. Some mysterious thing happens.”
-Philip Guston
William Blake “The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun”
“The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel’d to heaven is no artist.”
-William Blake