I know the colour rose, and it is lovely,
But not when it ripens in a tumour;
And healing greens, leaves and grass, so springlike,
In limbs that fester are not springlike.

Dannie Abse, Pathology of Colours (1968)

Värit puhuvat kaikkia kieliä
Joseph Addison

Väri on elämän hedelmä
Guillaume Apollinaire

Kaikki värit sointuvat yhteen pimeässä (All colours will agree in the dark)
Francis Bacon

Valoa ei voi maalata suoraan, mutta se pitää kuvata jollakin muulla - värillä
Ei ole mallia, on vain väri
Paul Cezanne

Väri on kaikki. Kun väri on oikein, muotokin on oikein.
Marc Chagall

Kuka sanoi, että maalataan väreillä? Värejä käytetään, mutta tunteilla maalataan.
Jean-Baptiste-Simon Chardin

All color is no color
Kenneth Clark

What information would disappear if the world suddenly were black and white?
W. Cowen

Color is the language of the poets. It is astonishingly lovely. To speak it is a privilege.
Keith Crown

Reality in art is composed of shapes and colors.
Stuart Davis

Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid.
Jules Feiffer, amerikkalainen sarjakuvapiirtäjä ja kirjoittaja

Grau, theurer Freund, ist alle Theorie, und Grün des Lebens goldner Baum.

Only those who love color are admitted to its beauty and immanent presence. It affords utility to all, but unveils its deeper mysteries only to its devotees.
Johannes Itten

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)

Color, rather than shape, is more closely related to emotion.
David Katz

Color has taken hold of me; no longer do I have to chase after it. I know that it has hold of me forever. That is the significance of this blessed moment. Color and I are one. I am a painter.
Paul Klee (1879-1940)

Blue is the male principle, stern and spiritual. Yellow the female principle, gentle, cheerful and sensual. Red is matter, brutal and heavy, and always the color which must be fought and vanquished by the other two.
Franz Marc (1880-1916), kirjeessä Auguste Mackelle

Tunnen värin kautta.

When I choose a colour it is not because of any scientific theory. It comes from observation, from feeling, from the innermost nature of the experience in question.
Henri Matisse

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.
Joan Mir (1893-1983)

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
Claude Monet (1840-1926), ranskalainen impressionisti

I found I could say things with colors that I couldnt say in any other way things that I had no words for.
Georgia OKeefe

I am one of those who thinks that colour is a cultural phenomenon, that is differently defined according to epochs, societies, and civilisations. There is nothing universal in colour, neither in its nature nor in its perception.
Michel Pastoureau

Pukeudun aina niin, että asuni sopii yhteen ruoan värin kanssa
Willie Rushton

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.
John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Light is therefore colour.
J. M. W. Turner

Mere colour,
unspoiled by meaning,
and unallied with definite form,
can speak to the soul
in a thousand different ways.

Oscar Wilde, Intentions

Väriaisti on tärkeämpi yksilönkehityksessö kuin oikean ja väärän ymmärtäminen
Oscar Wilde

Auf die Frage: Was bedeuten die Wörter rot, blau, schwarz, weiss?", können wir freilich gleich auf Dinge zeigen, die so gefärbt sind. Aber weiter geht unsere Fähigkeit die Bedeutungen dieser Wörter zu erklären nicht
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bemerkungen ber die Farben, I, 68

Kuutamossa kissoista pois värit putoaa.
Punainen ja keltainen on silloin harmajaa.
Pissalle kun kuutamossa kulkee kissapolo,
sillä on niin kummallisen ahdistunut olo.
Siksi kissa kuutamossa ryhtyy naukumaan
kuullaksensa onko edes ääni ennallaan.
Kissa kun itsensä pissalle hissaa,
niin tuleekos kissalta väritöntä pissaa?

Elina Karjalainen, Uppo-Nalle 1978

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