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  • Francis Bacon Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1928-1992)
    Irish born British artist known for his violent portraits and troubled figures placed in stark environments.
  • Balthus Quotes (1908-2001)
    French artist known for his figurative works, especially very young girls in sexually suggestive poses.
  • Banksy Quotes (unknown)
    British graffiti artist a social activist blurring the lines between street art and fine art.
  • Georg Baselitz Quotes (1938-)
    Expressive German painter and sculptor known for his upside down paintings and large figurative work.
  • Jean Michel Basquiat Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1960-1988)
    Black American artist known for his graffiti inspired expressionist paintings of pop and life.
  • Joseph Beuys Quotes (1921-1986)
    German conceptual artist known for his installations, performance art and sculpture.
  • Sister Wendy Beckett Quotes (1930-)
    South African born English art historian raised in Scotland, known for her television series on art.
  • Max Beckmann Quotes (1884-1950)
    German expressionist painter and printmaker known for his bold, sometimes violent figurative works, associated with the New Objectivity movement.
  • William Blake Quotes (1757-1827)
    British visionary painter, printmaker and poet dealing with themes of life and things of a spiritual nature.
  • Pierre Bonnard Quotes (1867-1947)
    French Post-Impressionist painter and printmaker of domestic scenes and portraits.
  • Constantin Brancusi Quotes (1876-1957)
    Romanian born artist who produced some of the most influential sculpture of the 20th century.
  • Georges Braque Quotes (1882-1963)
    French painter and one of the central figures in the development of the Cubist art movement.
  • Andre Breton Quotes (1896-1966)
    French writer, poet and artist who authored the Surrealist Manifesto or Manifeste du surréalisme.
  • Eli Broad Quotes (1933-)
    Jewish American art collector, philanthropist and billionaire businessman based in California.
  • Bernard Buffet Quotes (1928-1999)
    Expressive French figurative painter and printmaker of a wide range of subjects.

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  • "I don't think people are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings, the people you meet, and luck."
    Francis Bacon
  • "Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don't know what to say about what I paint, really."
    Balthus
  • "The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it."
    Banksy
  • "I always rejected any connection with the expressionist or neo-expressionist tradition. Unlike the expressionists, I have never been interested in renewing the world through the vehicle of art."
    Georg Baselitz
  • "I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is."
    Jean Michel Basquiat
  • "My objects are to be seen as stimulants for the transformation of the idea of sculpture.. or of art in general. They should provoke thoughts about what sculpture can be and how the concept of sculpting can be extended to the invisible materials used by everyone."
    Joseph Beuys
  • "My struggle is to put this into words. People who go to the museum are not asked, lucky them, to hold forth about these works. My struggle has been to let them know there is something there to respond to and for them to respond to."
    Sister Wendy Beckett
  • "My heart beats more for a raw, average vulgar art, which doesn't live between sleepy fairy-tale moods and poetry but rather concedes a direct entrance to the fearful, commonplace, splendid and the average grotesque banality in life."
    Max Beckmann
  • "I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare.. my business is to create."
    William Blake
  • "The artist who paints the emotions creates an enclosed world.. the picture.. which, like a book, has the same interest no matter where it happens to be. Such an artist, we may imagine, spends a great deal of time doing nothing but looking, both around him and inside him."
    Pierre Bonnard
  • "What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things.. it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface."
    Constantin Brancusi
  • "There are certain mysteries, certain secrets in my own work, which even I don't understand, nor do I try to do so."
    Georges Braque
  • "Artistic imagination must remain free. It is by definition free from any fidelity to circumstances, especially to the intoxicating circumstances of history."
    Andre Breton
  • "People always say congratulations. When you're a successful bidder it means you're willing to spend more money than anyone else. I'm not sure if that's congratulations or condolences."
    Eli Broad
  • "I believe in working hard. Painting is serious. A vice, not a play thing."
    Bernard Buffet

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