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List of Artists
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

  • " 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."
    Josef Albers
  • "I don't think people are born artists; I think it comes from a mixture of your surroundings, the people you meet, and luck."
    Francis Bacon
  • "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."
    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
  • "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 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."
    Damien Hirst
  • "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."
    Frida Kahlo
  • "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
  • "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."
    Jackson Pollock
  • "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."
    Pablo Picasso
  • "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 meet."
    Andy Warhol
  • "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."
    Brett Whiteley
  • "I see things in terms of paint, all else is irrelevant."
    Fred Williams

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