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There is no reality which is not beautiful in some fashion....The greatest way art has of encouraging the desire to like the world is to have pathos and satisfaction one.
Eli Siegel, http://www.aestheticrealism.net/tro/tro226.html

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Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
Henri Matisse, unknown

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Pop art is the inedible raised to the unspeakable.
Leonard Baskin, Publishers Weekly (April 5, 1965)

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When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then the painting is finished.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, unknown

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Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
G. K. Chesterton, unknown

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Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
Edgar Degas, unknown

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The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.
Marcel Duchamp, The Creative Act (1957)

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Many are willing to suffer for their art. Few are willing to learn to draw.
Simon Munnery, Attention Scum!

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Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
Salvador Dalí, People (September 27, 1976)

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Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask. Modern art rejected all that. Our subject matter was the person behind the mask.
Robert Motherwell, The Times (November 17, 1985)

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I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.
Joan Miró, unknown

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Selecting a quote

There is no formal nomination process for adding a new quote to the selected quotes collection. It is assumed that the quote will be about visual arts, if not from a visual artist.

Suggest a quote

Feel free to leave any suggestions for a selected quote in this section. Comments are helpful.


If you are feeling ambitious, the instructions for adding an entry to the selected quote collection are outlined below. Any questions or disagreements about the appropriateness of an entry should be discussed on the talk page.

Adding a quote

  • Go to Portal:Visual arts/Selected quote/Layout and grab the layout template.
  • Go to the next available subpage (Portal:Visual arts/Selected quote/n+1 - where n is the number of the topmost biography below, as it will be throughout these instructions).
  • Paste the layout template into the subpage and fill in the appropriate fields.
  • On this page, add the following text directly above the topmost selected image:
{{Portal:Visual arts/Selected quote/n+1}}
[[Portal:Visual arts/Selected quote/n+1]]
  • Go to the main portal page edit screen and find the following text. Look closely as there are other similar components on the page.
{{Random portal component|max=1|seed=31|header=''Selected quote''|subpage=Selected quote}}
  • Change the max attribute from n to n+1. Save and you're done! Thanks for the contribution.