John Ruskin Art Quotes

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What did John Ruskin say about Art?

John Ruskin has written many quotes about Art. E.g.,

  • Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
  • Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
  • All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.

What are the top most famous Art quotes by John Ruskin?

Here are the top most famous quotes about Art by John Ruskin.

  • Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
  • Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
  • All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.
  • Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts - the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.
  • All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art, because to us it is false and visionary, was, to the makers of it, true and existent.
  • No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.
  • It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art consists.
  • The art which we may call generally art of the wayside, as opposed to that which is the business of men's lives, is, in the best sense of the word, Grotesque.
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