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Features a selection of famous artist profiles from the history of art. Each artist portfolio includes biographical information, artist quotes, paintings, and links to more information on the artist. There's a more comprehensive list of Artists here but a lot of them don't have artworks or biographies added yet.
See also: Artists by Country, Artist Biographies, or Famous Paintings.
List of Famous Artists
Albers Quotes + Paintings
German born abstract artist and teacher known for his homage to the square paintings.
Bacon Quotes + Paintings
Irish born British artist known for his violent portraits and troubled figures placed in stark environments.
Michel Basquiat Quotes + Paintings
Black American artist known for his graffiti inspired expressionist paintings of pop and life.
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.
Dobell Quotes + Paintings
Australian portrait artist known for his controversial Archibald winning painting of Joshua Smith.
Hirst Quotes + Artworks
British artist associated with the YBAs or Young British Artists group, known for his shark in formaldehyde and spot paintings.
Kahlo Quotes + Paintings
Mexican artist known for her brutally honest depictions of her self and her marriage to Diego Rivera.
Monet Quotes + Paintings
French painter and one of the central figures of the French Impressionist art movement.
Pollock Quotes + Paintings
American artist associated with the Abstract Expressionist painters, known for his drip paintings.
Picasso Quotes + Paintings
Spanish painter, ceramicist, sculptor and printmaker known for his prodigious output and influence on the 20th century.
van Gogh Quotes + Paintings
Dutch painter associated with Post Impressionism who lived in obscurity but became very famous after his death.
Warhol Quotes + Paintings
American painter, illustrator, printmaker and film maker who was central to the Pop Art movement.
Whiteley Quotes + Paintings
Australian painter, printmaker, and sculptor known for his images of Sydney, interiors, portraits and nudes.
Williams Quotes + Paintings
Australian painter and printmaker famous for his painterly depictions of the Australian landscape.
- " I do not like
to be a prophet. I like better to paint than to predict what the
next painters will do. Though I have a feeling that consideration
of order is very much in the air."
- "I don't think people
are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings,
the people you meet, and luck."
- "I don't listen
to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic
to find out what art is."
Jean Michel Basquiat
- "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
- "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 just wanted to
find out where the boundaries were. I've found out there aren't
any. I wanted to be stopped but no one will stop me."
- "The only thing
I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes
through my head without any other consideration."
- "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."
- "On the floor I
am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since
this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally
be in the painting."
- "Art is not the
application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain
can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start
measuring her limbs."
- "I see more and
more that my work goes infinitely better when I am properly fed,
and the paints are there, and the studio and all that. But have
I set my heart on my work being a success? A thousand times no.
I wish I could manage to make you really understand that when you
give money to artists, you are yourself doing an artist's work,
and that I only want my pictures to be of such a quality that you
will not be too dissatisfied with your work."
Vincent van Gogh
- "Fantasy love is
much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting.
The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never
- "A painting is a
record of the extremely intensified moments of life where
more than one space, two senses of time, more than the law even
seems at work, where the emotional forces seem to be propelling
one to a dangerous limit, where reason and explanations become too
enfeebled or too speeded-up to matter."
- "I see things in
terms of paint, all else is irrelevant."