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Emil Nolde Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Emil Nolde

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What an artist learns matters little.
What he himself discovers has a real worth for him,
and gives him the necessary incitement to work.
- Emil Nolde

The artist need not know very much; best of all let
him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes or walks.
- Emil Nolde

Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and
create fresh difficulties.
- Emil Nolde

Art is exalted above religion and race.
Not a single solitary soul these days believes in the
religions of the Assyrians,
the Egyptians and the Greeks...
Only their art, whenever it was beautiful,
stands proud and exalted, rising above all time.
- Emil Nolde

 

The art of an artist must be his own art.
It is...
always a continuous chain of little inventions,
little technical discoveries of one's own,
in one's relation to the tool, the material and the colors.
- Emil Nolde

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
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To send light into the darkness of men's hearts -
such is the duty of the artist.
- Robert Schumann

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Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The artist in me cries out for design.
- Robert Frost

A group or an artist shouldn't get his money until his boss gets his.
- Bobby Darin

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas,
a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
- Edward Steichen

That's the motivation of an artist -
to seek attention of some kind.
- James Taylor

I've been called many names like perfectionist,
difficult and obsessive.
I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the
details for any artist to be good.
- Barbra Streisand

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
- Eugene Delacroix

Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
- Franz Liszt

I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist,
but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.
- Michael Palin

An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.
- Edgard Varese

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
- George Santayana

I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist.
I never think about money.
Beautiful things make money.
- Lord Acton

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist,
and the less the artist does the better.
- Andre Gide

The artist's world is limitless.
It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.
It is always on his doorstep.
- Paul Strand

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.
- Andy Warhol

The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
- Novalis

To an engineer, good enough means perfect.
With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect.
- Alexander Calder

I love power.
But it is as an artist that I love it.
I love it as a musician loves his violin,
to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis

Every human is an artist.
The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz

I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
- Jodie Foster

Even a true artist does not always produce art.
- Carroll O'Connor

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.
- Charles Horton Cooley

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't
doubt what they're doing.
- Francis Ford Coppola

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

Every production of an artist should be the expression
of an adventure of his soul.
- W. Somerset Maugham

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
- James Whistler

An artist is always alone - if he is an artist.
No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
- Henry Miller

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place:
from the sky,
from the earth, from a scrap of paper,
from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
- Pablo Picasso

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty,
you know you're an artist.
- David Hockney

The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not.
The work is a private matter for the artist.
The house is not.
- Adolf Loos

An artist never really finishes his work,
he merely abandons it.
- Paul Valery

A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
- George Edward Moore

My name is Kurt Schwitters...
I am an artist and I nail my pictures together.
- Kurt Schwitters

Inside you there's an artist you don't know about.
He's not interested in how things look different in moonlight.
- Auguste Rodin

Data is what distinguishes the dilettante from the artist.
- George V. Higgins

If they're not temperamental, I don't want them.
It's in the nature of a great artist to be that way.
- Sol Hurok

Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love.
- Alfred Sisley

Once you're a Motown artist, that's your stigmatism,
and I was there from the very first day.
- Smokey Robinson

I wanted nothing less than to be a fiction writer when I was a kid.
If you had told me I would be an artist or novelist when I grew up,
I would have laughed in your face.
- Caleb Carr

I see myself as an artist who happens to do cartoons.
- Pat Oliphant

In Europe an actor is an artist.
In Hollywood, if he isn't working, he's a bum.
- Anthony Quinn

As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.
- Izaak Walton

A creative artist works on his next composition because
he was not satisfied with his previous one.
- Dimitri Shostakovich

Men, when they fight in movies, it's a very different style.
Harrison Ford was so cool when he had the whip,
and Bruce Lee was such an artist that you couldn't
take your eyes off of him.
- Lucy Liu

The artist likes to seem totally responsible for his work.
Often he begins to explain it, to make it appear as
if it were a reasonable process.
- Arthur Erickson

A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells.
- Grandma Moses

Experience is the best teacher of all.
And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist.
Only the journey matters.
- Harry Callahan

I'm vulnerable to criticism.
Any artist is, because you work alone in your studio and,
until recently, critics were the only way you'd get any feedback.
- Howard Hodgkin

As an artist I'd choose the thing that's beautiful
more than the one that's true.
- Laurie Anderson

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
- Max Eastman

In life we try to grow and better ourselves.
As an artist, I feel like I've grown tremendously.
- Pras Michel

As the artist picks his way along, rejecting and accepting as he goes,
certain patterns of enquiry emerge.
- Bridget Riley

The artist is something of an outsider in America.
I have always felt that America does not value its artists,
certainly not in the sense that the Europeans do.
- Carlisle Floyd

I'm one of those people who thinks you can have a happy
life and still be an artist.
- Shelley Duvall

Folk rock was my real roots.
I did a few gigs as a folk artist, in the style of Fairport Convention.
- Alan Parsons

We live in an age where the artist is forgotten.
He is a researcher.
I see myself that way.
- David Hockney

Style is the most valuable asset of the modern artist.
That's probably why so many styles are reported lost or stolen each year.
- Brad Holland

I've always felt that if one was going to take seriously
this vocation as an artist,
you have to get beyond that decorative facade.
- Anish Kapoor

An artist is he for whom the goal and center of life is to form his mind.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

I see and write things first as an artist,
second as a woman, and third as a New Yorker.
All three have built-in perspectives that aren't neutral.
- Laurie Anderson

It is futile for an artist to try to create an environment
because you have an environment around you all the time.
Any living organism has an environment.
- Carl Andre


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