Best quotes about art by famous artists

Check out our select list of the best quotes about art by nine of history's most famous painters and sculptors

You've seen their work in NYC's best museums (including The Met, MoMA and the Guggenheim) as well as in galleries around town. But have you ever wondered what some of the world's most famous artists had to say about their chosen profession? Wonder no more! We've selected quotes by ten of art history's all-time greats in which they muse on the nature of art and what it means to be an artist. 

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Best quotes about art by famous artists

1
Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

2
Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

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3
Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

“A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” 

4
Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe

“I hate flowers. I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move.”

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5
Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

“To paint is the most terrific thing that there is, but to do it well is very difficult.”

6
Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

“Art is what you can get away with.”

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7
Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

“People ask about art and commercialism. I think that if someone tries to sell their work at a high price, that is the wrong way of doing it.”

8
Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

“Believing in one’s own art becomes harder and harder when the public response grows fonder.”

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9
Kara Walker

Kara Walker

“The artist is like an abuser of everything, picture, history, and other people.”

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