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Top 160 Robert Henri Quotes (2023 Update)

Robert Henri Quote: “The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”
Robert Henri Quote: “We are not here to do what has already been done.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Those who cannot begin do not finish.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Color is only beautiful when it means something.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Realize that a drawing is not a copy. It is a construction in very different materials. A drawing is an invention.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Do whatever you do intensely.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Paint the flying spirit of the bird rather than its feathers.”
Robert Henri Quote: “The great painter has something to say. He does not paint men, landscapes, or furniture; but an idea.”
Robert Henri Quote: “To be free, to be happy and to be fruitful, can only be attained through sacrifice of many common but overestimated things.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Art when really understood is the province of every human being. It is simply a question of doing things, anything, well. It is not an outside, extra thing.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Art cannot be separated from life. It is the expression of the greatest need of which life is capable, and we value art not because of the skilled product, but because of its revelation of a life’s experience.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Educate yourself. Don’t let me educate you.”
Robert Henri Quote: “The most vital things in the look of a landscape endure only for a moment. Work should be done from memory; memory of that vital moment.”
Robert Henri Quote: “There is nothing more entertaining than to have a frank talk with yourself. Few do it-frankly. Educating yourself is getting acquainted with yourself.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Art appreciation, like love, cannot be done by proxy.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Feel the dignity of a child. Do not feel superior to him, for you are not.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Keep a bad drawing until by study you have found out why it is bad.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Knowledge of anatomy is a tool like good brushes.”
Robert Henri Quote: “A Curve does not exist in its full power until contrasted with a straight line.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Pretend you are dancing or singing a picture. A worker or painter should enjoy his work, else the observer will not enjoy it.”
Robert Henri Quote: “In every human being there is the artist, and whatever his activity, he has an equal chance with any to express the result of his growth and his contact with life. I don’t believe any real artist cares whether what he does is ‘art’ or not. Who, after all, knows what art is?”
Robert Henri Quote: “Art is an extension of language – an expression of sensations too subtle for words.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Paint what you feel. Paint what you see. Paint what is real to you.”
Robert Henri Quote: “The real artist’s work is a surprise to himself.”
Robert Henri Quote: “The sketch hunter moves through life as he finds it, not passing negligently the things he loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the shorthand of his sketchbook.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Beauty is an intangible thing; can not be fixed on the surface, and the wear and tear of old age on the body cannot defeat it. Nor will a “pretty” face make it, for “pretty” faces are often dull and empty, and beauty is never dull and it fills all spaces.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Do whatever you do intensely. The artist is the man who leaves the crowd and goes pioneering. With him there is an idea which is his life.”
Robert Henri Quote: “By my teaching I hope to inspire you to personal activity and to present your vision.”
Robert Henri Quote: “The ignorant are to be found as much among the educated as among the uneducated.”
Robert Henri Quote: “It is harder to see than it is to express. The whole value of art rests in the artist’s ability to see well into what is before him.”
Robert Henri Quote: “There are forms that can only be seen when you are near a painting, others only appear when you are far away.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Painting should never look as if it were done with difficulty, however difficult it may actually have been.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Each sensation is precious, protect it, cherish it, keep it. Never give it away. You must develop that balance which allows all of the world to come in to you, and only that which you have expressed in your art to move back out again into the world.”
Robert Henri Quote: “You pass people on the street, some are for you, some are not.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Through art mysterious bonds of understanding and of knowledge are established among men.”
Robert Henri Quote: “When the motives of artists are profound, when they are at their work as a result of deep consideration, when they believe in the importance of what they are doing, their work creates a stir in the world.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Finished persons are very common – people who are closed up, quite satisfied that there is little more to learn.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Art is, after all, only a trace – like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness.”
Robert Henri Quote: “A common defect of modern art study is that too many students do not know why they draw.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Beauty is no material thing. Beauty cannot be copied. Beauty is the sensation of pleasure on the mind of the seer. No thing is beautiful. But all things await the sensitive and imaginative mind that may be aroused to pleasurable emotion at sight of them. This is beauty.”
Robert Henri Quote: “There is nothing in all the world more beautiful or significant of the laws of the universe than the nude human body.”
Robert Henri Quote: “I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Do not let the fact that things are not made for you, that conditions are not as they should be stop you. Go on anyway. Everything depends on those who go on anyway.”
Robert Henri Quote: “Cherish your own emotions and never undervalue them.”
Robert Henri Quote: “There are mighty few people who think what they think they think.”
Robert Henri Quote: “You can do anything you want to do. What is rare is this actual wanting to do a specific thing: wanting it so much that you are practically blind to all other things, that nothing else will satisfy you.”
Robert Henri Quote: “After all, the goal is not making art. It is living a life. Those who live their lives will leave the stuff that is really art.”
Robert Henri Quote: “When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature.”
Robert Henri Quote: “An artist must have imagination. An artist who does not use his imagination is a mechanic.”
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