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  • Salvador Dali Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1906-1989)
    Spanish Catalan Surrealist painter and sculptor known for his distorted and surreal imagery.
  • Leonardo da Vinci Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1452-1519)
    Italian Renaissance artist, painter, inventor, architect and creator of the Mona Lisa.
  • Jim Davis Quotes (1945-)
    American cartoonist and illustrator known for the wildly popular Garfield the cat character.
  • Giorgio de Chirico Quotes (1888-1978)
    Italian Metaphysical art painter who influenced the Surrealists of the 20th century.
  • Henri 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.
  • Maurice de Vlaminck Quotes (1876-1958)
    Expressive French painter and central figure in the Fauve art movement of France.
  • Edgar Degas Quotes (1834-1917)
    French Impressionist painter and sculptor known for his nudes and ballerinas.
  • Willem de Kooning Quotes (1904-1997)
    Dutch American Abstract Expressionist painter known for his woman series and abstract works.
  • Richard Diebenkorn Quotes (1922-1993)
    California based American painter associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement.
  • Jim Dine Quotes (1935-)
    American painter, sculptor and printmaker using pop motifs but also looking inward.
  • Walt Disney Quotes (1901-1966)
    American cartoonist and businessman known for starting the Disney media and entertainment empire.
  • Otto Dix Quotes (1891-1969)
    Expressive German painter and printmaker depicting Weimar Germany and war time life.
  • William Dobell Quotes + Paintings (1899-1970)
    Australian portrait artist known for his controversial Archibald winning painting of Joshua Smith.
  • Peter Doig Quotes (1959-)
    Scottish painter based in Trinidad, famous for landscapes with figures and/or buildings in them.
  • Ken Done Quotes (1940-)
    Australian artist and designer known for his bold, colorful depictions of Sydney, coral reefs, and the beach.
  • Jean Dubuffet Quotes (1901-1985)
    French sculptor and painter central to the Art Brut art movement.
  • Marcel Duchamp Quotes (1887-1968)
    French artist known for his 'Nude Descending the Staircase' painting and a readymade urinal.
  • Marlene 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."
    Salvador Dali
  • "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."
    Jim Davis
  • "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."
    Edgar Degas
  • "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."
    Richard Diebenkorn
  • "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."
    Jim Dine
  • "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."
    Walt Disney
  • "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."
    Otto Dix
  • "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."
    William Dobell
  • "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 first invented."
    Peter Doig
  • "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."
    Ken Done
  • "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."
    Jean Dubuffet
  • "Art is an outlet toward regions which are not ruled by time and space."
    Marcel Duchamp
  • "My best works are erotic displays of mental confusions.. with intrusions of irrelevant information."
    Marlene Dumas

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