"I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black."
"The pain passes, but the beauty remains."
"It is after you have lost your teeth that you can afford to buy steaks."
“We are in a period of searchers rather than of creators.”
“The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion; it is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion.”
“-last words about painting, age 78...
"“To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty!"
This makes me want to paint.
“When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then [the painting] is finished.”
“One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity.”
“What seems most significant to me about our movement [Impressionism] is that we have freed painting from the importance of the subject. I am at liberty to paint flowers and call them flowers, without their needing to tell a story.”
“It's with my brush that I make love.”
“The more they measure, the more they realize how much the Greeks departed from regular and banal lines in order to produce their effect.”
“You come to nature with all your theories, and she knocks them all flat.”
“If you paint the leaf on a tree without using a model, your imagination will only supply you with a few leaves; but Nature offers you millions, all on the same tree. No two leaves are exactly the same. The artist who paints only what is in his mind must very soon repeat himself.”
“Art is about emotion; if art needs to be explained it is no longer art.”
“I have arrived more definitely than any other painter during his lifetime; honours shower upon me from every side; artists pay me compliments on my work; there are many people to whom my position must seem enviable…. But I don’t seem to have a single real friend!”
“There’s nothing more absurd than a “connoisseur.”
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“Why shouldn't art be pretty?
I adore Renoir's portraits. Look at the exquisite showing of personality in this portrait. Renoir has represented the life essence of the sitter, not just the likeness. A true master artist.