„[An artist must apply] his personal faculties to the ideas and the events of the times in which he lives... [A]rt in painting should consist only of the representation of things which that are visible and tangible to the artist. Every age should be represented only by its own artists, that is to say, by the artist who have lived in it. I also maintain that painting is an essentially concrete art form and can exist only of the representation of both real and existing things... An abstract object, not visible, nonexistent, is not within the domain of painting.“

—  Gustave Courbet, 1860s, Quote in an open letter ('Credo'), (Paris, end of December 1861), published in the 'Courier du Dimanche', (addressed to prospective students); as quoted in Letters of Gustave Courbet, transl. & ed. Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, University of Chicago Press 1992, pp. 203-204
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—  Caspar David Friedrich Swedish painter 1774 - 1840
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„Artists who don't paint aren't artists.“

—  Charles Thomson (artist) British artist 1953
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„There are millions of artists around the world, but only one who paints with this particular appendage.“

—  Pricasso Australian painter 1949
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„Not every painter has a gift for painting, in fact, many painters are disappointed when they meet with difficulties in art. Painting done under pressure by artists without the necessary talent can only give rise to formlessness, as painting is a profession that requires peace of mind. The painter must always seek the essence of things, always represent the essential characteristics and emotions of the person he is painting..“

—  Titian Italian painter 1477 - 1576
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„Artists who don't paint aren't artists.“

—  Billy Childish British musician 1959
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„One does not paint for design students or historians but for human beings, and the reaction in human terms is the only thing that is really satisfactory to the artist.“

—  Mark Rothko American painter 1903 - 1970
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„It would be a sad thing for an artist if he knew how to paint.“

—  Arshile Gorky Armenian-American painter 1904 - 1948
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