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"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso."
Pablo Picasso

"Publishing means creating spaces for the mind."
Gerd Hatje, founder of Hatje Cantz

"Where would I have ended up if I had been intelligent?"
Joseph Beuys

"Art does not depict what is visible, it makes things visible."
Paul Klee

"I don't work from nature, I work like nature."
Pablo Picasso

"What happens will only be of value if it comes from the ecstasy of vision."
Erich Mendelsohn

"The eyes are hungry but often satiated before they see."
Otl Aicher

"Art is love clothed in beauty."
Giovanni Segantini

"What matters in art is no longer art. What matters is our life."
Wolfgang Max Faust

"They despise my modernity, Icondemn their modesty."
Giovanni Battista Piranesi

"One uses paints, but one paints with feeling."
Jean Siméon Chardin

"To be interesting, one has to provoke."
Salvador Dali

"Nothing spoils character like life."
Francis Bacon

"A clever man creates more opportunities than he finds."
Kurt Schwitters

"There are more copies than originals among people."
Pablo Picasso

"There is no genius who hasn't a touch of insanity."
Aristoteles

"Everything an artist spits is art."
Kurt Schwitters

"A game played with serious problems. That's what art is."
Kurt Schwitters

"The end-purpose of all art is enjoyment!"
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

"Art is something that is so perfectly clear that no one comprehends it."
Karl Kraus

"There is nothing more difficult for an artist than painting a rose, for he must first forget every rose that has every been painted."
Henri Matisse

"You don't make stupid jokes in art."
Martin Kippenberger

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

"People become artists out of despair."
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

"I'll buy a bottle for anyone who can tell me what makes a picture beautiful!"
Edgar Degas

"It used to be that painters were crazy and sculptors clever. Today it's the other way around."
Giorgio de Chirico

"You're from Stuttgart? That's where Hatje, my publisher, lives. Do you know him? He makes beautiful books."
Marc Chagall in an interview with Hans Kinkel

"All art is quite useless."
Oscar Wilde

"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do."
Edgar Degas

"Of all lies, art is the least untrue."
Gustave Flaubert

"Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together."
John Ruskin

"A certain blue enters your soul. A certain red has an effect on your blood pressure."
Henri Matisse

"Hatje Cantz, the publisher of all art publishers."
Berner Zeitung June 2007

"It seems that no other German art publisher produces as many excellent catalogues of international significance."
Kunstzeitung No. 4, 2009

"You can do anything. Nothing is forbidden."
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

"I'm cold. I long for people, for love and loyalty and truth."
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

"His life and suffering are his art..."
Eberhard Grisebach 1917

"If suffering can be transformed into creativity . . . I want to try it."
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1918

"I must draw, until I am at the point of madness..."
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1919

"Art is the window through which man recognizes his superior ability."
Giovanni Segantini

"When there are no more priests and philosophers, artists will be the most important people in the world."
Gerhard Richter

"To look without fear is a good subversive tool, undermining taboos."
Wolfgang Tillmans

"Beauty lies in nature and reveals, once the artist has perceived it, its own expressive power."
Gustave Courbet

"Art is only there for those who are interested in it. Those who aren't are out of luck."
Markus Lüpertz

"It is better to have a good painting with ten holes than ten bad paintings without any holes."
Edvard Munch

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