Clint Brown

About The Author

Clint Brown is professor emeritus of art at Oregon State University, where he taught for thirty-three years. His work has spanned a variety of media and been shown in galleries, museums, and other venues in the U.S. and U.K. He is the author of Drawing from Life, a college drawing textbook, and Artist to Artist: Inspiration and Advice from Artists Past and Present.

Artist to Artist

Inspiration & Advice from Artists Past & Present


"My real ancestors are artists of the past. I am comforted and excited and soothed and inspired by them."
Jim Dine

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This book brings together more than a thousand quotations from artists on fifty-seven subjects ranging from creativity to solitude, technique to talent. 

The editor of this collection has taken care to arrange the quotations to create a sort of ongoing dialogue among the 207 artists represented. Artists and art lovers will find a wealth of delightful, witty, wise, thought-provoking, and inspiring words from Old Masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Titian; Impressionists such as Monet, Degas, Renoir, Matisse, and van Gogh; and modern masters from Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore to Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg. 

The book is arranged alphabetically by subject, and an index helps readers find quotes by individual artists. Enhancing the book’s visual appeal are 18 black-and-white art works by some of the artists quoted, paired with apt quotations ranging from solemn to irreverent. 

"Western art is built on the biographical passion of one artist for another."
Elaine de Kooning

"I'm always saying to myself, 'That is not right yet. You can do better.'"
Pablo Picasso

"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."