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  • Robert Rauschenberg Quotes (1925-2008)
    American painter, printmaker, and assemblage artist known for his combine paintings.
  • Rembrandt Quotes + Paintings (1606-1669)
    Dutch painter and printmaker known for his revealing self portraits and scenes which included history, religion and everyday life.
  • Paula Rego Quotes (1935-)
    Portuguese English painter and printmaker known for her figurative work which deal with a variety of social issues.
  • Pierre Auguste Renoir Quotes (1841-1919)
    French painter associated with the Impressionist movement in France, known for his landscapes and rounded females.
  • Gerhard Richter Quotes (1932-)
    German painter associated with the New European Painting movement, known for his realist and abstract works.
  • Bridget Riley Quotes (1931-)
    British painter associated with the Op Art movement and known for her patterned abstracts which created optical illusions.
  • Diego Rivera Quotes (1886-1957)
    Mexican painter and muralist who was married to the artist Frida Kahlo.
  • Auguste Rodin Quotes (1840-1917)
    French sculptor thought of as the father of Modern sculpture, famous for works like the Thinker and the Kiss.
  • James Rosenquist Quotes (1933-)
    American painter and printmaker associated with the Pop Art movement known for his large billboard like paintings and murals.
  • Susan Rothenberg Quotes (1945-)
    American painter best known for her depiction of horses.
  • Mark Rothko Quotes (1903-1970)
    Russian American abstract painter known for his large abstract paintings which sought to evoke an emotional reaction.
  • Henri Rousseau Quotes (1844-1910)
    French painter famous for his naive depictions of jungles, animals and people.


  • "I don't think there's anything really wrong with influence because I think that one can use another man's art as material either literally or just implying that they're doing that, without it representing a lack of a point of view."
    Robert Rauschenberg
  • "Practise what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know."
    Rembrandt van Rijn
  • "My favorite themes are power games and hierarchies. I awlays want to turn things on their heads, to upset the established order, to change heroines and idiots. If the story is "given" I take liberties with it to make it conform to my own experiences, and to be outrageous."
    Paula Rego
  • "When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then the painting is finished."
    Pierre Renoir
  • "Modern art has always only shown itself to me in trends and blowhards, so I couldn't be a modern artist. There were always powerful movements or groups that today we don't even know anymore."
    Gerhard Richter
  • "It was only after I had been out of the art school that I actually copied a small Seurat, and I copied it in order to follow his thought, because if you do copy an artist, and you have a close feeling for him, in fact that you need to know more about his work, there is no better way than actually to copy, because you get very close indeed to how somebody thinks."
    Bridget Riley
  • "If I ever loved a woman, the more I loved her, the more I wanted to hurt her. Frida was only the most obvious victim of this disgusting trait."
    Diego Rivera
  • "The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation."
    Auguste Rodin
  • "I mean, at one point, I had an apartment for 30 bucks a month, a studio for 45 dollars a month, breakfast was a quarter at the Students Institute; two eggs, toast and tea. I didn't have any money but I was rich! That was the feeling. That's really impossible now to do that in Manhattan."
    James Rosenquist
  • "I felt a tremendous affinity with Van Gogh's deep feeling for the things he painted and how he exaggerated the colors of sky, chairs, faces, to bring them to almost more than life."
    Susan Rothenberg
  • "The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience I had when I painted them. And if you, as you say, are moved only by their color relationships, then you miss the point."
    Mark Rothko
  • "I cannot now change my style, which I acquired, as you can imagine, by dint of labor."
    Henri Rousseau

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