„I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.“

Frida Kahlo photo
Frida Kahlo18
1907 - 1954

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Frida Kahlo photo
Frida Kahlo photo

„They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.“

— Frida Kahlo Mexican painter 1907 - 1954
Quoted in Time Magazine, "Mexican Autobiography" (27 April 1953)

Vincent Van Gogh photo

„I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.“

— Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890
As quoted in Marry Your Muse: Making a Lasting Commitment to Your Creativity (1997) by Jan Phillips, p. 176

Frida Kahlo photo
Georges Seurat photo

„I painted like that because I wanted to get through to something new - a kind of painting that was my own.“

— Georges Seurat French painter 1859 - 1891
quote from Seurat, John Russell; Thames & Hudson, London 1965

Azar Nafisi photo
Jonas Salk photo

„I have dreams, and I have nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.“

— Jonas Salk Inventor of polio vaccine 1914 - 1995
As quoted in Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing https://books.google.com/books?id=-T3QhPjIxhIC&lpg=PP1&dq=%22I%20have%20dreams%2C%20and%20I%20have%20nightmares.%20I%20overcame%20the%20nightmares%20because%20of%20my%20dreams.%22&pg=PA254#v=onepage (2006) by Larry Chang (page 254)

Henri Matisse photo

„I don't paint things. I only paint the differences between things.“

— Henri Matisse French artist 1869 - 1954
Je ne peins pas les choses. Je ne peins que les différences entre les choses. "Henri Matisse: contre vents et marées : peinture et livres illustrés de 1939 à 1943"

Karel Appel photo

„I don't paint, I hit.“

— Karel Appel Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet 1921 - 2006
quote circa 1958; from the movie 'De werkelijkheid van Karel Appel', Jan Vrijman; as quoted in De Tweede Helft, Ad de Visser, SUN Nijmegen, 1998

Bram van Velde photo
Willem Maris photo

„I don't paint cows but light“

— Willem Maris Dutch landscape painter of the Hague School (1844-1910) 1844 - 1910
version in original Dutch / origineel citaat van Willem Maris: Ik schilder geen koeien, maar licht. 2 short Quotes of Willem Maris, c. 1880; as cited in 'Schilder Maris' http://www.wittebrugpark.nl/wittebrugpark/schilders/maris/maris.htm (translation from original Dutch, Fons Heijnsbroek, 2018)

Vincent Van Gogh photo
Pablo Picasso photo
Tori Amos photo