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In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.

Author: Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986)

Profession: French Novelist, Essayist

I'm the artist formally known as Beck. I have a genius wig. When I put that wig on, then the true genius emerges. I don't have enough hair to be a genius. I think you have to have hair going everywhere.

Author: Beck (1959)

Profession: American Musician, Singer, Songwriter

Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?

Author: Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Profession: German Composer

No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist.

Author: Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Profession: German Composer

Any artist should be grateful for a na´ve grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.

Author: Saul Bellow (1915)

Profession: American Novelist

As for types like my own, obscurely motivated by the conviction that our existence was worthless if we didn't make a turning point of it, we were assigned to the humanities, to poetry, philosophy, painting -- the nursery games of humankind, which had to be left behind when the age of science began. The humanities would be called upon to choose a wallpaper for the crypt, as the end drew near.

Author: Saul Bellow (1915)

Profession: American Novelist

The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment by the public. The conventional is uncritically enjoyed, and the truly new is criticized with aversion.

Author: Walter Benjamin (1982-1940)

Profession: German Critic, Philosopher

I can't tell you what art does and how it does it, but I know that often art has judged the judges, pleaded revenge to the innocent and shown to the future what the past suffered, so that it has never been forgotten. Art, when it functions like this, becomes a meeting-place of the invisible, the irreducible, the enduring, guts, and honor.

Author: John Berger (1926)

Profession: British Actor, Critic

What is art but a way of seeing?

Author: Thomas Berger


The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.

Author: Adolf Berle (1937-1971)

Profession: American Politician

The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he's in business.

Author: John Berryman (1914-1972)

Profession: American Poet

The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.

Author: Professor Blackie


The great artist is a slave to his ideals.

Author: Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904)

Profession: American Author, Lawyer

Art is the only thing that can go on mattering, once it has stopped hurting.

Author: Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Novelist

The function of art is to make that understood which in the form of argument would be incomprehensible.

Author: Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957)

Profession: Romanian Sculptor