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MacFarlane Quotes (1973-)
American animator behind the Family Guy and American Dad cartoon programs.
Macke Quotes (1887-1914)
German painter and colorist associated with the Der Blaue Reiter art movement in Germany.
Magritte Quotes (1898-1967)
Belgian painter associated with the Surrealist movement, known for his trickery of the mind and eye.
Malevich Quotes (1879-1935)
Russian artist associated with the Suprematist art movement and famous for his Black Square painting.
Mapplethorpe Quotes (1946-1989)
American photographer most known for his black and white nudes, portraits, and still life photographs.
Marini Quotes (1902-1980)
Italian painter and sculptor famous for his depictions of the horse and rider.
Matisse Quotes + Paintings
French painter, colorist and sculptor, Matisse was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
Italian Renaissance painter and sculptor most famous for his sculpure of David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Miro Quotes (1893-1983)
Spanish Catalan painter, sculptor and ceramic artist known for his bold, playful works.
Modigliani Quotes (1884-1920)
Italian sculptor and painter known for his portrait paintings and stylized sculptures.
Mondrian Quotes (1906-1944)
Dutch artist known for his abstract paintings and his association with the De Stijl art movement.
Monet Quotes + Paintings
French painter and one of the central figures of the French Impressionist art movement.
Moore Quotes (1898-1986)
English sculptor known for his sculpural work which pushed the figure to almost complete abstraction.
Morandi Quotes (1890-1964)
Italian painter and printmaker known for his intimate still life paintings using a limited palette.
Motherwell Quotes (1915-1991)
American painter and printmaker of abstraction, associated with the New York School artists.
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.'"
- "I am interested
in the creation of space through color contrasts rather than through
simple shading of light and dark."
- "Life obliges me
to do something, so I paint."
- "Only dull and impotent
artists screen their work with sincerity. In art there is need for
truth, not sincerity."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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
- "If people knew
how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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,
- "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."
- "Most painting in
the European tradition was painting the mask. Modern art rejected
all that. Our subject matter was the person behind the mask."
- "Nature is not only
all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures
of the soul."