“Painting is a lot like sleepwalking… you start out seemingly knowing exactly where you’re going, and suddenly wake up with no idea where you are or how you got there.”
"I am a poor man and of little worth, who is laboring in that art that God has given me in order to extend my life as long as possible.”
"Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception, resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come. ”
"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."
"Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art."
"An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought. ”
“I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.”
“I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create.”
“I just do art because I’m ugly and there’s nothing else for me to do.”
“Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”
“When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you, a tree, a house, a field or whatever. Merely think here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape.”
“I'm not performing miracles, I'm using up and wasting a lot of paint...”
"Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God."
"Of course you will say that I ought to be practical and ought to try and paint the way they want me to paint. Well, I will tell you a secret. I have tried and I have tried very hard, but I can't do it. I just can't do it! And that is why I am just a little crazy."
"A painting is not made to be sniffed."
“Art is about emotion; if art needs to be explained it is no longer art.”
“It's with my brush that I make love.”
“To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.”
“I've been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.”
“You come to nature with all your theories, and she knocks them all flat.”
“What seems most significant to me about our movement [Impressionism] is that we have freed painting from the importance of the subject. I am at liberty to paint flowers and call them flowers, without their needing to tell a story.”
“I paint flowers so they will not die.”
“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”
“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”
“I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”
“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.”
“It doesn't matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.”
“The painter locks himself out of his own studio. And then has to break in like a thief.”
"I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image... because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess."
"There was a reviewer... who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was. It was a fine compliment."
"Art is coming face to face with yourself."
"When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing."
"Painting is no problem. The problem is what to do when you're not painting."
"When I'm painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It's only after a get acquainted period that I see what I've been about."
In response to the question, 'How do you know when you're finished?' Pollock replied, 'How do you know when you're finished making love?'
“When one is painting one does not think.”
"If you understand a painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it."
"The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant."
"We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art."
"Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad."
"No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist."
"When I paint, the ocean roars. Others merely paddle in their bath."
"I am the first to be surprised and often terrified by the images that I see appear on my canvas."
"It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself."
"Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing."
"Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision."
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