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D Artist Quotes
Dali Quotes + Paintings
Spanish Catalan Surrealist painter and sculptor known for his distorted and surreal imagery.
da Vinci Quotes + Paintings
Italian Renaissance artist, painter, inventor, architect and creator of the Mona Lisa.
Davis Quotes (1945-)
American cartoonist and illustrator known for the wildly popular Garfield the cat character.
de Chirico Quotes (1888-1978)
Italian Metaphysical art painter who influenced the Surrealists of the 20th century.
de Toulouse-Lautrec Quotes (1864-1901)
French painter and printmaker known for his Moulin Rouge prints and paintings of prostitutes and the nightlife of Montmartre, Paris.
de Vlaminck Quotes (1876-1958)
Expressive French painter and central figure in the Fauve art movement of France.
Degas Quotes (1834-1917)
French Impressionist painter and sculptor known for his nudes and ballerinas.
de Kooning Quotes (1904-1997)
Dutch American Abstract Expressionist painter known for his woman series and abstract works.
Diebenkorn Quotes (1922-1993)
California based American painter associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement.
Dine Quotes (1935-)
American painter, sculptor and printmaker using pop motifs but also looking inward.
Disney Quotes (1901-1966)
American cartoonist and businessman known for starting the Disney media and entertainment empire.
Dix Quotes (1891-1969)
Expressive German painter and printmaker depicting Weimar Germany and war time life.
Dobell Quotes + Paintings
Australian portrait artist known for his controversial Archibald winning painting of Joshua Smith.
Doig Quotes (1959-)
Scottish painter based in Trinidad, famous for landscapes with figures and/or buildings in them.
Done Quotes (1940-)
Australian artist and designer known for his bold, colorful depictions of Sydney, coral reefs, and the beach.
Dubuffet Quotes (1901-1985)
French sculptor and painter central to the Art Brut art movement.
Duchamp Quotes (1887-1968)
French artist known for his 'Nude Descending the Staircase' painting and a readymade urinal.
Dumas Quotes (1953-)
South African born artist based in the Netherlands known for her erotic works.
- "When I paint, the
sea roars. The others splash about in the bath."
- "Iron rusts from
disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes
frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind."
Leonardo da Vinci
- "While I still admire
the hand-painted backgrounds and looks of traditional animation,
it's hard not to sit up and take notice of computer animation."
- "To become truly
immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and
common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken,
it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams."
Giorgio de Chirico
- "Good painting is
like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained."
Maurice de Vlaminck
- "A painting requires
a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always
make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people."
- "The trouble with
being poor is that it takes up all your time."
Willem de Kooning
- "When I am halfway
there with a painting, it can occasionally be thrilling.. But it
happens very rarely; usually it's agony. I go to great pains to
mask the agony. But the struggle is there. It's the invisible enemy."
- "I'm not a Pop artist.
I'm not part of the movement because I'm too subjective. Pop is
concerned with exteriors. I'm concerned with interiors."
- "People still think
of me as a cartoonist, but the only thing I lift a pen or pencil
for these days is to sign a contract, a check or an autograph."
- "Everybody thinks
they know what art should be. But very few of them have the sense
that is necessary to experience painting, that is the sense of sight,
that sees colors and forms as living reality in the picture."
- "So long as people
expect paintings to be simply coloured photographs they get no individuality
and in the case of portraits, no characterisation. The real artist
is striving to depict his subject's character and to stress the
caricature, but at least it is art which is alive."
- "I'm not trying
to make paintings look like photos. I want to make paintings using
photos as a reference, the way painters did when photography was
- "If I make a little
birthday card that somebody's going to buy for a dollar, it's not
the Sistine Chapel, but I hope it's a really good birthday card."
- "Art doesn't go
to sleep in the bed made for it. It would sooner run away than say
its own name: what it likes is to be incognito. Its best moments
are when it forgets what its own name is."
- "Art is an outlet
toward regions which are not ruled by time and space."
- "My best works are
erotic displays of mental confusions.. with intrusions of irrelevant