What is Art?

[from the 1300s] Skill; its display, application, or expression… [from the 1600s] The expression or application of creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting, drawing, or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.     -- Oxford English Dictionary Online

Art is harmony.

– Georges Seurat (1859–1891)

 

To evoke in oneself a feeling one has experienced, and…then, by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling—this is the activity of art.

– Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910)

 

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.

– Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

 

All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography.

– Federico Fellini (1920–1993)

 

If one general statement can be made about the art of our times, it is that one by one the old criteria of what a work of art ought to be have been discarded in favor of a dynamic approach in which everything is possible       – Peter Selz (1919- ) German-born American art historian

 

Ideas alone can be works of art….All ideas need not be made physical.…A work of art may be understood as a conductor from the artist’s mind to the viewer’s. But it may never reach the viewer, or it may never leave the artist’s mind.

– Sol LeWitt (1928–2007)

 

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers – and never succeeding.

– Marc Chagall (1887–1985)

 

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.

– Henri Matisse (1869–1954)

 

Art is a habit-forming drug.

– Marcel Duchamp, (1887–1968)

 

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