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Quotations about Art by Author

Charles Saatchi
(born 1943)

If you study a great work of art, you’ll probably find the artist was a kind of genius. And geniuses are different to you and me. So let’s have no talk of temperamental, self-absorbed and petulant babies. Being a good artist is the toughest job you could pick, and you have to be a little nuts to take it on. I love them all.  [The Art Newspaper Nov 2004]

Augustus Saint-Gaudens

What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.

Marjane Satrapi

Without imagination there are no dreams, without dreams there is no art, without art there is nothing.
[In review of Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi, 2014]

Peter Schjeldahl

Matisse can make you hate your life for its comparatively insipid joys.
[The New Yorker, 1999 review of exhibition Max Beckmann and Paris]

Arthur Schopenhauer

Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first.

Robert Schumann

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.

Nettie Seabrooks

The history of civilizations is defined by their art and culture.

Winsome Sears

Sometimes you're the pigeon and sometimes you're the statue. [2021 interview on becoming Lt. Governor of Virginia]

David Sedaris

Given enough time, I guess, anything can look good.  All it has to do is survive.  [This Old House, published in The New Yorker, July 2007]

Dr Seuss

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.

Ben Shahn


I've been asked often what is the difference between an amateur and a professional artist, and I will tell you.  An amateur artist is one who works all week at something else so he can paint on Saturday and Sunday.  A professional artist is one whose wife works so he can paint all the time.  
[Quoted by William Bostick in the Archives of American Art]

Ben Shahn

Without art, without humanities, of which it is one, the individual tends to lose his identity.

Ben Shahn

I always felt that the role of the artist is to bring order to disorder.

George Bernard Shaw

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.

George Bernard Shaw

Which painting in the National Gallery would I save if there was a fire?  
The one nearest the door of course.

David Smith

Art is made from dreams, and visions, and things not known, and least of all from things that can be said.

Gilda Snowden

All art is local - that's what grew you.  
[Talk at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Nov 2010]

Susan Sontag
(born 1933)

Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.  [Commencement address to Vassar students]

Susan Sontag

Creativity needs to be taken care of.  It's like a big baby that needs to be nourished.  [The Guardian, June 2, 2012]

Susan Sontag

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual on art.

Susan Sontag

Our task is not to find the maximum amount of content in a work of art, mush less to squeeze more content out of the work than is already there. Our task is to cut back on content so we can see the thing at all.  The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art - and, by analogy, our own experience - more, rather than less, real to us. [Against Interpretation]  

Anita Steckel

Good taste is the enemy of art.  It's wonderful for curtains, but in art it's suffocating.

Gertrude Stein

For a long time everybody refuses and then almost without a pause almost everybody accepts.

John Steinbeck

Literature is not a game for the cloistered elite.  Literature is as old as speech.  It grew out of a human need for it and it has not changed except to become more needed.  
[Acceptance speech for 1962 Nobel Prize for literature]

Pat Steir
(born 1938)

To handle paint the way Pollock did, you need the muscularity of a ballet dancer. [Quoted in Art News, November 1985]

Alfred Stieglitz

To demand the portrait that will be a complete portrait of a person is as futile as to demand that a motion picture be condensed into a single still.

Alfred Stieglitz

A work is not art until enough noise has been made about it and someone rich comes along and buys it.

Tom Stoppard
(born 1937)

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets.  Imagination without skill gives us modern art. [Artist Descending a Staircase, 1972]

Paul Strand

The atist's world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep.

Luke Syson

Great art does work on people in mysterious ways. [Curator for Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan in New York Times, Dec 4, 2011]

Clyfford Still

I never wanted color to be color.  I never wanted texture to be texture, or images to become shapes.  I wanted them all to fuse into a living spirit. [quoted in Clyfford Still, ed. John O'Neill, 1979]

Albert Szent-Györgyi

Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no-one else has thought.



Treat a work of art like a prince, let it speak to you first


Arthur Schopenhauer