Art in times of coronavirus 100 inspiring quotes on World Art Day 2020 – YourStory

UNESCO has proclaimed April 15 as World Art Day, a celebration to promote the development, diffusion, and enjoyment of art. It spans the whole spectrum of visual and performing arts. The date was chosen in honour of Leonardo da Vinci, who was born on April 15, 1452.

Many galleries now have online viewings, and artists are resorting even more to social media for showcasing their offerings. Musicians are streaming their works online, collaborating across the internet, and teaching classes through videoconferencing. Memes and cartoons are cropping up around the world, showcasing the lighter and darker sides of the crisis.

During the extended lockdown, billions of citizens around the world are flocking online to watch movies, listen to music, and read books. Citizens themselves have become amateur artists by sharing videos of their creative works ranging from cooking and dancing to drawings and graphic art.

This compilation of quotes salutes the professional and amateur artists around the world in this time of unprecedented crisis. The quotes reflect gratitude to the artistic and humanistic spirit in each of us, and reinforce the importance of creativity, hope, and compassion in these dark hours.

The quotes in this compilation are drawn from YourStory's articles on art as well as a range of online resources. The photographs are chosen from our weekend PhotoSparks section on art and design. See also our compilations of quotes on the occasion of World Book Day, International Jazz Day, and World Photography Day, as well as Top Quotes of 2019 on Design and Art.

A picture is a poem without words. - Horace

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. - Duke Ellington

A societys competitive advantage will come not from how well its schools teach the multiplication and periodic tables, but from how well they stimulate imagination and creativity. - Albert Einstein

A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others. - Salvador Dal

A true masterpiece does not tell everything. - Albert Camus

Above all, an artist must never be too easily satisfied with what he has done. - Henri Matisse

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. - Albert Einstein

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. - Charles Cooley

An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please. - Andre Malraux

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world. - George Santayana

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. - James Whistler

An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success. - Henri Matisse

An empty canvas is the safest addiction in the world, art is the only drug that won't kill you, instead it'll save your life. - Nikki Rowe

Art doesnt have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful. - Duane Hanson

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. - Thomas Merton

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist. - Ren Magritte

Art has a voice - let it speak. - Rochelle Carr

Art helps us identify with one another and expands our notion of we - from the local to the global. - Olafur Eliasson

Art is a line around your thoughts. - Gustav Klimt

Art is a step in the known toward the unknown. - Kahlil Gibran

Art is meant to disturb, science reassures. - Georges Braque

Art is never finished, only abandoned. - Leonardo da Vinci

Art is not a mirror to hold up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it. - Leon Trotsky

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. - Edgar Degas

Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious. - Oscar Wilde

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. - Twyla Tharp

Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world. - Leonardo da Vinci

As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life. - John Lubbock

Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. - Banksy

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. - Pablo Picasso

Art wasnt supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something. - Rainbow Rowell

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. - Al Hirschfeld

Artwork is a representation of our devotion to life. - Agnes Martin

Bad artists copy. Good artists steal. - Pablo Picasso

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. - Camille Pissarro

Bring your humanity to your art. Bring your art to humanity. - Maxime Lagac

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. - Scott Adams

Do not be afraid of being wrong; just be afraid of being uninteresting. - T. Carl Whitmer

Do not fear mistakes. There are none. - Miles Davis

Enlightenment is the journey back from the head to the heart. - Pandit Ravi Shankar

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. - Henry Ward Beecher

Every artist was first an amateur. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. - Pablo Picasso

Everything alters me, but nothing changes me. - Salvador Dal

Everything you can imagine is real. - Pablo Picasso

Finish the work, otherwise an unfinished work will finish you. - Amit Kalantri

Great art picks up where nature ends. - Marc Chagall

Have no fear of perfection, youll never reach it. - Salvador Dal

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. - Vincent Van Gogh

I paint and sculpt with the blues. - John Hammond

I shut my eyes in order to see. - Paul Gauguin

I would like to paint the way a bird sings. - Claude Monet

I would rather die of passion than of boredom. - Emile Zola

If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. - Edward Hopper

If music is a place - then jazz is the city, folk is the wilderness, rock is the road, classical is a temple. - Vera Nazarian

If you dont make mistakes, you arent really trying. - Coleman Hawkins

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. - Herman Melville

Its not what you look at that matters, its what you see. - Henry David Thoreau

Life is a lot like jazz, its best when you improvise. - George Gershwin

Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television. - Woody Allen

Life is like a trumpet - if you don't put anything into it, you don't get anything out of it. - William Christopher Handy

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. - Oscar Wilde

No great work of art is ever finished. - Michelangelo

One persons craziness is another persons reality. - Tim Burton

Painting is easy when you dont know how, but very difficult when you do. - Edgar Degas

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. - Pablo Picasso

Painting is silent poetry. - Plutarch

Perspective is to painting what the bridle is to the horse, the rudder to a ship. - Leonardo da Vinci

Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. - Thelonious Monk

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.- Aristotle

The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul. - Wassily Kandinsky

The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of. - Leonardo da Vinci

The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. - Kurt Vonnegut

The earth has music for those who listen. - William Shakespeare

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. - Friedrich Nietzsche

The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind. - Marina Abramovic

The great artist is the simplifier. - Vincent Van Gogh

The greatest works of art speak to us without knowing us. - Alain de Botton

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. - Francis Bacon

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. - Albert Einstein

The most creative people are willing to work in the shadow of uncertainty. - Ed Catmull

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. - Pablo Picasso

The true use of art is, first, to cultivate the artists own spiritual nature. - George Inness

The world always seems brighter when youve just made something that wasnt there before. - Neil Gaiman

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. - Henri Matisse

There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about. - Helen Frankenthaler

There are paintings that take on a life of their own, and do not allow you to finish them. - Efrat Cybulkiewicz

To be an artist is to believe in life. - Henry Moore

To be great, art has to point somewhere. - Anne Lamott

To create, one must first question everything. - Eileen Gray

To draw you must close your eyes and sing. - Pablo Picasso

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit. - John Updike

When Im playing, Im never through. Its unfinished. I like to find a place to leave for someone else to finish it. Thats where the high comes in. - Miles Davis

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. - John Ruskin

When people believe in boundaries, they become part of them. - Don Cherry

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