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Art is an 'apprenticeship', devoted to the science of appearances in order to create illusions of likeness. (Greg Allen)

What if nothing exists and we're all in somebody's dream? (Woody Allen)

All illusion comes and goes, but the soul remains unchanged. (Meher Baba)

Experience is real. Painting, which comes out of experience, is real. The world is an illusion. (Darby Bannard)

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep. (Saul Bellow)

Animation is about creating the illusion of life. And you can't create it if you don't have one. (Brad Bird)

It's all illusion: the illusion of space, the illusion of mass, the illusion of light. The illusions go on and on, there is no limit to the number of illusions you can come up with. (Joseph P. Blodgett)

We have the illusion that working for ourselves means having lots of free time. (Linda Blondheim)

The painter's only solid ground is the palette and colors, but as soon as the colors achieve an illusion, they are no longer judged. (Pierre Bonnard)

We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions. We are haunted, not by reality, but by those images we have put in their place. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do. (Elizabeth Bowen)

Illusions... are simple facts, but they have been created by the mind, by the spirit, and they are one of the justifications of the new spatial configuration. (Georges Braque)

Bright and illustrious illusions! (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

The action of the moment is more valuable than the thing it represents. I'm in the business of illusion. (Fernando Calderon)

Painting comes to reality through illusion. An illusion that allows us to make a leap of faith; to believe. To believe in a blue that can be the wing of a bug or a thought. It makes our invisible visible. (Squeak Carnwath)

Every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end. (Joseph Conrad)

Never in our silent moments of illusion do we sense the dark parallel that lives next to us. Nor do we suspect the carrier. (Kris Courtney)

I do not intend to let myself down more than I can possibly help, and I find that the fewer illusions I have about myself or the world around me, the better company I am for myself. (Noel Coward)

All spiritual practices are illusions created by illusionists to escape illusion. (Ram Dass)

Those things which are most real are the illusions I create in my paintings. (Eugene Delacroix)

Disillusion can become itself an illusion if we rest in it. (T. S. Eliot)

We do not like those who unmask our illusions. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Anyone who can handle a needle convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there. (Ernst Gombrich)

And if you ever do a survey, you'll find that people prefer illusion to reality, ten to one. Twenty, even. (Judith Guest)

The painting is not on a surface, but on a plane which is imagined. It moves in a mind. It is not there physically at all. It is an illusion, a piece of magic, so that what you see is not what you see. (Philip Guston)

Man is liberated from his illusions to make room for a fresh set. (Henry S. Haskins)

No matter what the illusion created, it is a flat canvas and it has to be organized into shapes... (David Hockney)

-on Caravaggio's Madonna of the Pilgrims...
The work is one of those miracles of illusionism, and back in the 17th century the sight of it must have been akin to what people in the 20th century felt on first seeing movies or television. It was the shock of recognition. (Michael Kimmelman)

I am interested in the tension that exists between the visibility of artifice and the generated illusion. When the artificial assumes the status of the believable, one experiences a projection into the imaginary. (Holly King)

The secret to film is that it's an illusion. (George Lucas)

I have few illusions: the cause is lost in advance. As for me, I do my part, which is to drag a fairly drab existence to its conclusion. (Rene Magritte)

It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved. (W. Somerset Maugham)

I'm really creating abstract shapes and relationships that work together. They come together and give the illusion of reality, but they're really abstract shapes. If you look at individual shapes, they aren't the shape of anything, but together they give you the illusion of hills and sun and flowers. (John Newman)

Better a dish of illusion and a hearty appetite for life, than a feast of reality and indigestion therewith. (Harry A. Overstreet)

There are optical illusions in time as well as space. (Marcel Proust)

I work very slowly, which may come as a surprise because most people think I paint loosely. That's an illusion. Each stroke counts. Fewer strokes with more thought is better. (Charles Reid)

I no longer worry whether a painting is about something or not. I am only concerned with the expectation, from a flat surface, of an illusion. (William Scott)

I wish to find a plastic equivalent for the way things act upon me... the object entering the environment and the illusion, in both the real and the unreal. (Terry Setch)

All illusions are awaiting unborn appearances. (William Carmen Soyak III)

It's intriguing to switch from conjuring an illusion of three dimensions to embracing purely flat and decorative patterns. (Vivian Thierfelder)

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. (Mark Twain)

Pop art involves you in the illusion of objectivity and it can show you a slice of life that you never actually saw before, something you have managed to ignore because it's strange to look at. (Meyer Vaisman)

Illusion is the first of all pleasures. (Voltaire)

Illusion is the first of all pleasures. (Oscar Wilde)

The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action. (Oscar Wilde)

-The Glass Menagerie
Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion. (Tennessee Williams)


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