Brilliant Quotes About Art From Famous Artists

These thoughts are as true for poetry as they are for art.

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Art Quotes Artists Quotes About Art “Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” – René Magritte
Art Quotes Artists Quotes About Art “To be an artist is to believe in life.” – Henry Moore
Art Quotes Artists Quotes About Art “Great art picks up where nature ends.” – Marc Chagall
Art Quotes Artists Quotes About Art “Art is a line around your thoughts.” – Gustav Klimt
Art Quotes Artists Quotes About Art “The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artist’s own spiritual nature.” – George Inness
Art Quotes Artists Quotes About Art
“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” – Jerzy Kosinski
Art Quotes Artists Quotes About Art “The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.” – Claude Monet
Art Quotes Artists Quotes About Art “I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” – Frida Kahlo
Art Quotes Artists Quotes About Art “If I…

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The Swan

“. . .an armful of white blossoms…”

On this Earth Day, a day of marching to support science and the environment, I thought of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver and the legacy of nature she is leaving for us.  Here is one of my favorites with Mary’s gentle call to action.  There are many sites to learn more about Mary Oliver’s body of work.  You can start here.

 

Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air –
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music – like the rain pelting the trees – like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds –
A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?

– Mary Oliver
  First published in The Paris Review

 

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