An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


A good painter is to paint two main things, men and the working of man's mind.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.


Salvador Dali (1904-1989, Spanish painter)


Sunlight is painting.


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American novelist, short story writer)


Drawing is speaking to the eye; talking is painting to the ear.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


I paint things as they are. I don't comment. I record.


Henri De Toulouse Lautrec


The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.


Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859, American essayist and historian)


What a strange vanity painting is; it attracts admiration by resembling the original, we do not admire.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


I paint objects as I think them not as I see them.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.


Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919, French impressionist artist)


Painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh.


Georges Rouault


In old times men used their powers of painting to show the objects of faith, in later times they use the objects of faith to show their powers of painting.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.


John Singer Sargent (1856-1925, American artist)


Painting is silent poetry and poetry spoken, painting.




Painting does not come from intelligence so much, as from sight and feeling and invention.


Author Unknown


I dream of painting, and then I paint my dream.


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890, Dutch-born French painter)


Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890, Dutch-born French painter)


Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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