Creativity takes courage.
–Henri Matisse

I believe that the artist does not know what he does. I attach even more importance to the spectator than the artist.
–Marcel Duchamp

What do I ask of a painting? I ask it to astonish, disturb, seduce, convince.

—Lucien Freud

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.
—Rene Magritte

I once taught …a woman who painted her back yard, and she said it was the first time she had ever really looked at it. I think everyone sees beauty. Art is a way to respond.
–Agnes Martin