- Works of art made with
paint on a surface.
Often the surface, also called a support,
is either a tightly stretched piece of canvas
or a panel. How the ground
(on which paint is applied) is prepared on the support depends
greatly on the type of paint to be used. Paintings are usually
intended to be placed in frames,
and exhibited on walls,
but there have been plenty of exceptions. Also, the act of painting,
which may involve a wide range of techniques
along with the artist's
other concerns which effect the content
of a work.
"First I saw the mountains in the
painting; then I saw the painting in the mountains."
Chinese Proverb. See Chinese
"A man paints with his brains and
not with his hands."
Michelangelo (1475-1564), Italian Renaissance artist.
"Only when he no longer knows what
he is doing does the painter do good things."
Edgar Degas (1834-1917), French Impressionist artist.
"Painting is very easy when you don't
know how, but very difficult when you do."
"Drawing and color are not separate
at all; in so far as you paint, you draw. The more color harmonizes,
the more exact the drawing becomes. When the color achieves richness,
the form attains its fullness also."
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), French Post-Impressionist
painter. Quoted by Émile Bernard, L'Occident, July,
1904. See drawing.
"PAINTING, n: The art of protecting
flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic."
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), American writer. The Cynic's Word
Book, also known as The Devil's Dictionary, 1906.
See art critic and art criticism.
"Whenever I see a Frans Hals I feel
like painting, but when I see a Rembrandt I feel like giving
Max Liebermann (1847-1935).
"There is nothing harder to learn
than painting and nothing which most people take less trouble
about learning. An art school is a place where about three people
work with feverish energy and everybody else idles to a degree
that I should have conceived unattainable by human nature."
G.K.Chesterton (1874-1936), British writer. Autobiography.
"Painting is stronger than I am.
It can make me do whatever it wants."
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), modern
Spanish artist. A note written on the back of one of his sketchbooks.
"Painting is just another way of
keeping a diary."
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), modern Spanish artist.
"Painting is a blind man's profession.
He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells
himself about what he has seen."
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish artist. Quoted in: Jean Cocteau,
Journals, part 1, "War and Peace" (1956).
"To me, a painter, if not the most
useful, is the least harmful member of our society."
Man Ray (1890-1976), modern American photographer, artist. Self
Portrait, chapter 6 (1963). See Dada, photography,