Mankind has been creating art and appreciating its beauty since its very beginnings. According to recent dating tests, the first paintings ever made by humans are the seals located in the Cave of Nerja, in Málaga, Spain. They are 42,000 years old.
Whether it’s an ancient cave painting, the work of the famed Old Masters of the Renaissance, or at the cutting edge of Modern Art, art has the capacity to capture a moment in time and stir up our emotions. The dictionary defines art as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”
We’ve collected all the best quotes about art in one place. Whether you’re looking for inspiring quotes by the world’s most famous artists, painting quotes, photography quotes, or just something funny… we’ve got it all!
Art Quotes by Artists
Becoming an artist, like becoming a writer, can be a daunting prospect. After all, the great Van Gogh barely sold any of his paintings in his lifetime. However, whether you’re interested in acrylic paint, pottery, sculpture, watercolor, or fabric printing, it’s never too late to follow your passion and become an artist.
These quotes are from some of history’s most famous artists. Whether they were painting at the height of the Renaissance period, or are still wowing the world with their art today, they all have the same things in common: a distinct creative process, facing criticism, and a love of art. Whatever media these artists work in, get inspired by their commitment to making the world a more beautiful place.
Quotes about Painting
For many of us, painting as a child is our first encounter with art. It’s fun and it’s messy, and offers a creative outlet as we start to explore the world for ourselves.
But it isn’t just children who can enjoy painting or find it rewarding. Painting is an incredibly therapeutic activity and offers an emotional release, so it is often used as a means of therapy and rehabilitation for traumatized individuals, such as soldiers returning from war. It has other health benefits, too, because painting involves focusing all your attention on the creation of an image, which is proven to relieve stress, lessen muscle soreness, decrease tension headaches, and more.
Photography is definitely the form of artistic expression that has been around for the least amount of time, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t had a profound impact on the art world and the way we experience art.
With the availability of smartphones and their tiny, high quality cameras, photography is actually one of the most accessible means of creating and enjoying art. While photos were once about taking portraits or landscapes, now you can use this media to capture anything you want to remember. A photograph can be powerful to remind you of a special event or day, and can bring you back to the feelings, sounds, and even smells of the moment it captures.
Quotes about Art and Artists
It’s become something of a cliche that all artists are misunderstood, when in fact writers, philosophers, scientists, and even artists themselves, have spent a great deal of time trying to understand what makes them tick. Why are some people more creative than others? Why do some people gravitate towards certain artistic media and not others? And what inspires them? Only the artists themselves know that answer to some of these questions.
Take a look at these fascinating quotes about artists and find out more about what motivates them, and what art can tell us about the person who created it.
Funny and Amusing Art Quotes
One of the best things about art is that we don’t have to take it too seriously! Art can make us think deeply, remember special times, make us cry… but it can also make us laugh. Paintings, photographs, and sculptures are just as likely to lift our spirits as they are to send us into fits of giggles!
These quotes are all about seeing the funny side of making art, looking at art, and being an artist. Whether you’re a connoisseur or don’t know your acrylics from your watercolors, you’ll still find something to make you laugh here!