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Irish born British artist known for his violent portraits and troubled figures placed in stark environments.
French artist known for his figurative works, especially very young girls in sexually suggestive poses.
British graffiti artist a social activist blurring the lines between street art and fine art.
Baselitz Quotes (1938-)
Expressive German painter and sculptor known for his upside down paintings and large figurative work.
Michel Basquiat Quotes + Paintings
Black American artist known for his graffiti inspired expressionist paintings of pop and life.
Beuys Quotes (1921-1986)
German conceptual artist known for his installations, performance art and sculpture.
Wendy Beckett Quotes (1930-)
South African born English art historian raised in Scotland, known for her television series on art.
Beckmann Quotes (1884-1950)
German expressionist painter and printmaker known for his bold, sometimes violent figurative works, associated with the New Objectivity movement.
Blake Quotes (1757-1827)
British visionary painter, printmaker and poet dealing with themes of life and things of a spiritual nature.
Bonnard Quotes (1867-1947)
French Post-Impressionist painter and printmaker of domestic scenes and portraits.
Brancusi Quotes (1876-1957)
Romanian born artist who produced some of the most influential sculpture of the 20th century.
Braque Quotes (1882-1963)
French painter and one of the central figures in the development of the Cubist art movement.
Breton Quotes (1896-1966)
French writer, poet and artist who authored the Surrealist Manifesto or Manifeste du surréalisme.
Broad Quotes (1933-)
Jewish American art collector, philanthropist and billionaire businessman based in California.
Buffet Quotes (1928-1999)
Expressive French figurative painter and printmaker of a wide range of subjects.
- "I don't think people
are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings,
the people you meet, and luck."
- "Painting is a language
which cannot be replaced by another language. I don't know what
to say about what I paint, really."
- "The holy grail
is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to
look at it."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "I must create a
system or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare..
my business is to create."
- "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."
- "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
- "There are certain
mysteries, certain secrets in my own work, which even I don't understand,
nor do I try to do so."
- "Artistic imagination
must remain free. It is by definition free from any fidelity to
circumstances, especially to the intoxicating circumstances of history."
- "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."
- "I believe in working
hard. Painting is serious. A vice, not a play thing."