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  • Seth MacFarlane Quotes (1973-)
    American animator behind the Family Guy and American Dad cartoon programs.
  • August Macke Quotes (1887-1914)
    German painter and colorist associated with the Der Blaue Reiter art movement in Germany.
  • Rene Magritte Quotes (1898-1967)
    Belgian painter associated with the Surrealist movement, known for his trickery of the mind and eye.
  • Kasimir Malevich Quotes (1879-1935)
    Russian artist associated with the Suprematist art movement and famous for his Black Square painting.
  • Robert Mapplethorpe Quotes (1946-1989)
    American photographer most known for his black and white nudes, portraits, and still life photographs.
  • Marino Marini Quotes (1902-1980)
    Italian painter and sculptor famous for his depictions of the horse and rider.
  • Henri Matisse Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1869-1954)
    French painter, colorist and sculptor, Matisse was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
  • Michelangelo Quotes (1475-1564)
    Italian Renaissance painter and sculptor most famous for his sculpure of David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
  • Joan Miro Quotes (1893-1983)
    Spanish Catalan painter, sculptor and ceramic artist known for his bold, playful works.
  • Amedeo Modigliani Quotes (1884-1920)
    Italian sculptor and painter known for his portrait paintings and stylized sculptures.
  • Piet Mondrian Quotes (1906-1944)
    Dutch artist known for his abstract paintings and his association with the De Stijl art movement.
  • Claude Monet Quotes + Paintings + Bio (1840-1926)
    French painter and one of the central figures of the French Impressionist art movement.
  • Henry Moore Quotes (1898-1986)
    English sculptor known for his sculpural work which pushed the figure to almost complete abstraction.
  • Giorgio Morandi Quotes (1890-1964)
    Italian painter and printmaker known for his intimate still life paintings using a limited palette.
  • Robert Motherwell Quotes (1915-1991)
    American painter and printmaker of abstraction, associated with the New York School artists.
  • Edvard Munch Quotes (1863-1994)
    Norwegian painter and printmaker best known for his multiple versions of the Scream painting.


  • "Absolutely, we were influenced by The Simpsons. We'd be stupid not to be. They put that out there, and we took a cue from that.'"
    Seth MacFarlane
  • "I am interested in the creation of space through color contrasts rather than through simple shading of light and dark."
    August Macke
  • "Life obliges me to do something, so I paint."
    Rene Magritte
  • "Only dull and impotent artists screen their work with sincerity. In art there is need for truth, not sincerity."
    Kasimir Malevich
  • "I was a Catholic boy, I went to church every Sunday. A church has a certain magic and mystery for a child. It still shows in how I arrange things. It's always little altars."
    Robert Mapplethorpe
  • "Painting is a vision of color. Painting means entertaining the poetry of fact; and in the process of its making the fact becomes true. In color, I looked for the beginning of each new idea. Whether one should call it painting or drawing, I do not know."
    Marino Marini
  • "You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover."
    Henri Matisse
  • "If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."
  • "My characters have undergone the same process of simplification as the colors. Now that they have been simplified, they appear more human and alive than if they had been represented in all their details."
    Joan Miro
  • "What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race."
    Amedeo Modigliani
  • "Vertical and horizontal lines are the expression of two opposing forces; they exist everywhere and dominate everything; their reciprocal action constitutes ‘life’. I recognized that the equilibrium of any particular aspect of nature rests on the equivalence of its opposites."
    Piet Mondrian
  • "It took me time to understand my waterlilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them."
    Claude Monet
  • "All art should have a certain mystery and should make demands on the spectator. Giving a sculpture or a drawing too explicit a title takes away part of that mystery so that the spectator moves on to the next object, making no effort to ponder the meaning of what he has just seen. Everyone thinks that he or she looks but they don't really, you know."
    Henry Moore
  • "I am essentially a painter of the kind of still life composition that communicates a sense of tranquillity and privacy, moods which I have always valued above all else."
    Giorgio Morandi
  • "Most painting in the European tradition was painting the mask. Modern art rejected all that. Our subject matter was the person behind the mask."
    Robert Motherwell
  • "Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul."
    Edvard Munch

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