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

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

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

Author: Honore De Balzac (1799-1850)

Profession: French Novelist

Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up.

Author: Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616)

Profession: Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet

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

Author: Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)

Profession: 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.

Author: Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Profession: Spanish Painter

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

Author: Hamerton


Sunlight is painting.

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Profession: American Novelist, Short Story Writer

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

Author: Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

Profession: French Moralist

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

Author: Henri De Toulouse Lautrec


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

Author: Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859)

Profession: American Essayist and Historian

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

Author: Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Profession: French Scientist, Religious Philosopher

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

Author: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Profession: Spanish Artist

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

Author: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Profession: Spanish Artist

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

Author: Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

Profession: French Impressionist Artist

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

Author: Georges Rouault