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Life is very nice, but it lacks form. It's the aim of art to give it some.

    Author: Jean Anouilh

All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him.

    Author: W. H. Auden

Never judge a work of art by its defects.

    Author: Washington Allston

Art is basically made by dissatisfied people who are willing to find some means to relieve the dissatisfaction.

    Author: John Chamberlain

Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild.

    Author: Dante Alighieri

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

    Author: Aristotle

Pop art is the inedible raised to the unspeakable.

    Author: Leonard Baskin

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.

    Author: Theodor Adorno

Art doesn't alter things. It points things out, but it doesn't alter them. It can't, no matter what a painter wants to do.

    Author: Arthur Boyd

Art is born of humiliation.

    Author: W. H. Auden

I mean, art for art's sake is ridiculous. Art is for the sake of one's needs.

    Author: Carl Andre

No one's conception of art is going to be acceptable to everybody.

    Author: Jane Alexander

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.

    Author: Albert Camus

There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.

    Author: Ansel Adams

Variety is more than a means of avoiding boredom, since art is more than an entertainment of the senses.

    Author: Rudolf Arnheim

A nation devoid of art and artists cannot have a full existence.

    Author: Kemal Ataturk

Art is that which comes to a man, and stands between himself and an implacable witness: the work.

    Author: Eduardo Chillida

To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.

    Author: Giorgio de Chirico

Even in modern art, artists have used methods based on calculation, inasmuch as these elements, alongside those of a more personal and emotional nature, give balance and harmony to any work of art.

    Author: Max Bill

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.

    Author: Ambrose Bierce

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