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Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors?

A painting in a museum probably hears more foolish remarks than anything else in the world.
As a general truth, it is safe to say that any picture that produces a moral impression is a bad picture.
It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.
I can't work without a model. I won't say I turn my back on nature ruthlessly in order to turn a study into a picture, arranging the colors, enlarging and simplifying; but in the matter of form I am too afraid of departing from the possible and the true.
One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is when we see its separate forms jumbled together.
The highest problem of any art is to cause by appearance the illusion of a higher reality.
The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality.
Fortunately art is a community effort --a small but select community living in a spiritualized world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh.
Art is skill, that is the first meaning of the word.
The sole art that suits me is that which, rising from unrest, tends toward serenity.
Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
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.
Were art to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness.
Nature is inside art as its content, not outside as its model.
Art for art's sake? I should think so, and more so than ever at the present time. It is the one orderly product which our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths, it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden... it is the best evidence we can have of our dignity.
In art as in love, instinct is enough.
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.
Each of the arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish and grace life is under the patronage of a muse, no god being found worthy to preside over them.
Artists must be sacrificed to their art.
Every artist was first an amateur.
The True Artist has the planet for his pedestal; the adventurer, after years of strife, has nothing broader than his shoes.
Art is the path of the creator to his work.
Each work of art excludes the world, concentrates attention on itself. For the time it is the only thing worth doing --to do just that; be it a sonnet, a statue, a landscape, an outline head of Caesar, or an oration. Presently we return to the sight of another that globes itself into a whole as did the first, for example, a beautiful garden; and nothing seems worth doing in life but laying out a garden.
Art is a jealous mistress; and if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.
Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.
New arts destroy the old.
Perpetual modernness is the measure of merit in every work of art.
Sculpture and painting have the effect of teaching us manners and abolishing hurry.
The true poem is the poet's mind.
The arts and inventions of each period are only its costume, and do not invigorate men.
Every artist writes his own autobiography.
The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential --the imagination.
Art is the most passionate orgy within man's grasp.
Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us.
Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.
This grandiose tragedy that we call modern art.
There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.
Art is an absolute mistress; she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand triumphs.