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When I am finishing a picture I hold some God-made object up to it -- a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand -- as a kind of final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's a clash between the two, it is bad art.

Author: Marc Chagall (1889-1985)

Profession: French Artist

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.

Author: Marc Chagall (1889-1985)

Profession: French Artist

The creative artist seems to be almost the only kind of man that you could never meet on neutral ground. You can only meet him as an artist. He sees nothing objectively because his own ego is always in the foreground of every picture.

Author: Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Profession: American Author

Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

The artistic temperament is a disease that affects amateurs. Artists of a large and wholesome vitality get rid of their art easily, as they breathe easily or perspire easily. But in artists of less force, the thing becomes a pressure, and produces a definite pain, which is called the artistic temperament.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves they have a better idea.

Author: John Ciardi (1916-1986)

Profession: American Teacher, Poet, Writer

Art is science made clear.

Author: Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

Profession: French Author, Filmmaker

One must be a living man and a posthumous artist.

Author: Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

Profession: French Author, Filmmaker

The artist is a member of the leisured classes who cannot pay for his leisure.

Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

Profession: British Critic

The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.

Author: Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

Profession: British Critic

An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.

Author: Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Profession: Polish-born British Novelist

Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.

Author: Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Profession: Polish-born British Novelist