Famous Quotes by Marc Chagall

All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.

Great art picks up where nature ends.

I adore the theater and I am a painter. I think the two are made for a marriage of love. I will give all my soul to prove this once more.

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.

I have always painted pictures where human love floods my colors.

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.

I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment.

Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.

The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.

The fingers must be educated, the thumb is born knowing.

What a genius, that Picasso. It is a pity he doesn't paint.

When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it - a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand - as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's a clash between the two, it's bad art.

Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.

Quotes about Marc Chagall by Art Historians and Fellow Artists