Famous Artists Quotes: the Art & Life stories of the great painters and sculptors + biography facts

artist quote of Picasso

Famous Artists Quotes on Art and Life stories, of painters and sculptors
+ biography facts

editor / artist:
Fons Heijnsbroek

Famous Artist Quotes on Art and Life – by the great painters and modern sculptors, explaining and describing their creation of modern art

Art quotes & life stories by the famous artists describe and explain a lot of the creation of modern art itself. The great artists explain so things we can not find in any art-history book. By their quotes, statements & life stories – in talks, writings or letters – the famous speak and explain to us directly, in their own words. They speak or write to us about their personal history and their private life experiences in making modern art. It results in an art history, told in a personal way – with an individual point of view, revealing many biography facts of the great artists.

Most of these quotes of the famous artists illustrate and clarify very well the painter’s personal efforts to create modern art during his or her life. Consequently, their art statements – including biography facts – give us an unique insight in the process of the creation of modern art itself. Moreover we learn about the many connections between the great artists which supported them to survive and to learn their path of creation.

Every famous artist is now drifting in the collective memories of the huge historical wave by modern art. Some painters and sculptors move in -other artists outside the many groups, styles and art movements! This very individual and necessary process of each artist we can follow by reading their statements and quotes. They reveal their personal hesitations, spontaneous ideas, struggled experiences, inspirations, and all kind of great artistic ideas they produced around their art.

In the famous artist quotes & life stories we meet many personal life memories and experiences. They illustrate the artist’s characteristic connection between personal life + biography and the art. I am convinced that this very private and intimate connection represents an substantial part of modern Art History itself, explained by the great painters and sculptors, in their talks or writing ! This meant for me a very convincing personal statement to do this job: to collect, edit and share these famous artist quotes with their sources, so everybody can learn and connect things.

Famous Artists with their personal Stories?

The ideas, experiences and thoughts of one particular artist give us a lot of information about his or her characteristic approach to create NEW visual forms. We are focusing now on the time of modern art, starting with Impressionism / Realism in the mid-19th century. In that period, in my view – the essence of modern art started: the transformation of mental ideas and presumptions into NEW visual reality. This results in a new Art object – we have to see and to interpret in a new way!

It is by our very senses that an object of art starts to come in our daily world. Then it is interesting to know, what were the covering thoughts, ideas and art statements of this particular artist? What were the private and approaches in his or her head? The ideas which helped to materialize the still invisible imagination into real new forms and things: Paintings, sculptures, movies, graphic art, installations, performances, prints ….! The collected artist quotes, with their personal writings & talks, give us perhaps a surrounding support to connect with the art-thing itself.

The still invisible becomes visible because a modern artwork presents a new visual reality which we can experience! But before this new form enters our personal life there are a lot of things to be done, by the artist. To create modern art is a real job. It means hard work and demands a lot of courage, independence thinking and some inspiration. ‘Famous and great’ is unsure for every painter or sculptor on the moment of creation itself. That will be decided by art history only!

do Famous Artists
Talk and write about their Art

Every great painter or sculptor had to produces personal stories & thoughts on art. He or she presumed a lot in their head by means of temporarily art statements or concepts in the head – just for his or her personal use. By writing down these floating inspirations and thoughts in private notes, or letters, public great statements, and writings become reality. Or by means of a poem like the famous Dada artist Kurt Schwitters and sculptor Hans Arp frequently did together. Or by creating subtle and quite monologues in a diary – day by day, like the German woman painter Paula Modersohn-Becker did in her private notebooks. The same did the Russian great Expressionist artist Marianne von Werefkin in Blaue Reiter / Blue Rider. She created even a personal imaginary lover, to discuss art with, by writing many letters to her great art-lover.

Other great artists had their talks and debates, like the famous German Fluxus-artist Joseph Beuys who loved to have his frequently exchanges with the American public – often young art students. Famous are the many art-debates in American Abstract Expressionism, where De Kooning, Rothko and other famous artist participated intensively. Just a few historical examples how artist quotes and statements come to life.

Every artist had to develop at first secret inner visual statements and thoughts. We call it information, ideas, presumptions, theories or temporarily concepts, because only afterwards they can be verified some way or another, after the process of creation.
You will find on this website a large collection of these ideas in their artist quotes and art statements. As you will see, great artists are very frequently referring to other famous artists’ ideas or statements; they are all connected in this way, in the network of art.

All together the artist quotes and biography facts give us an unique insight and deep information from the heart of creation of art itself. Still in words – not yet materialized in physical and visual FORM – but they exist already in thoughts. they are expressing and exchanging ideas, as an important part of the production of modern art.

can Artist Stories and Quotes
explain and clarify art history

The art quotes and biography facts of famous artists and painters represent in my view an essential part of world’s cultural heritage. They are part of modern art history itself. They establish a system or even better a network, full of art tracks for fellow artists and for modern art history teachers.
The same counts for the art lovers public – people who just love modern art and use it as their daily inspiration. The life quotes & art statements of the great artists – with their extended biography information and life story facts – are a gift of former great artists to the new coming generation, the still unknown artists, and the contemporary art in future as a whole. The quotes mean a precious part of modern human evolution.

artist quote of Edward Hopper

I hope you will enjoy the artist quotes

editor Fons Heijnsbroek

Art movements described in definitions and core art text-quotes by famous art-critics

On the website on the right side you will find art movements & art styles described in facts and definitions. Art movements and artist groups were the historical nests for many great artist – to find warmth and art-company; to exchange and develop ideas and to struggle with other artists. The art movements are of course an essential part of the modern art history and had a large meaning as art circle and setting for all the individual artists.
A number of older European famous art movements, such as Cubism and Futurism are described in art quotes by Jacob Bendien, a Dutch artist living and working in the same period; he died young in 1934. I believe the great history of the modern art movements here described, form together a useful art resource and clarifying tutorial for pupils, students, art-lovers and teachers. That’s the reason why the text-quotes, explaining the history of the art movements are all sourced very well and combined with useful art links for further study and exploration of the art movement and its involved famous artists
The history of the modern art movements after 1940 is described in quotes – selected by Fons Heijnsbroek, and translated into English by Anne Porcelijn.

The text-quotes on the modern art movements connect very well with the quotes and statements of the famous artists and painters. For this reason you will find many inter-links between the modern art movements and the great quotes by the artists. You can click onto these art-links in the text-lines directly.