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Edgar Degas Quotes and Sayings

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Painting is easy when you don't know how,
but very difficult when you do.
- Edgar Degas

Related topics: Art

No art is less spontaneous than mine.
What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters.
- Edgar Degas

What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists!
One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.
- Edgar Degas

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does
the painter do good things.
- Edgar Degas

 

In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.
- Edgar Degas

Everyone has talent at twenty-five.
The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
- Edgar Degas

It is all very well to copy what one sees,
but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory.
That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.
- Edgar Degas

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Art is vice.
You don't marry it legitimately, you rape it.
- Edgar Degas

One must do the same subject over again ten times,
a hundred times.
In art nothing must resemble an accident,
not even movement.
- Edgar Degas

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
- Edgar Degas

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
- Salvador Dali

A good painting to me has always been like a friend.
It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
- Hedy Lamarr

All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

My painting does not come from the easel.
- Jackson Pollock

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
- Plutarch

I think of my peace paintings as one long poem,
with each painting being a single stanza.
- Robert Indiana

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
- Pablo Picasso

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next
to a God made object like a tree or flower.
If it clashes, it is not art.
- Paul Cezanne

A painting that is well composed is half finished.
- Pierre Bonnard

Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather,
and exposing them to the critic.
- Ambrose Bierce

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

Painting is sometimes like those recipes where you
do all manner of elaborate things to a duck,
and then end up putting it on one side and only using the skin.
- Lucian Freud

A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting,
two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.
- Lord Byron

Sometimes I miss out the morning's painting session
and instead study my Japanese books in the open.
- Gustav Klimt

If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens.
- William Lyon Phelps

Painting is an essentially concrete art and can only
consist of the representation of real and existing things.
- Gustave Courbet

Painting is a blind man's profession.
He paints not what he sees, but what he feels,
what he tells himself about what he has seen.
- Pablo Picasso

Impressionism; it is the birth of Light in painting.
- Robert Delaunay

It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess.
Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take,
and the painting comes out well.
- Jackson Pollock

Painting is the representation of visible forms.
The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal.
- Gustave Courbet

Well, I don't think anyone now would say that they're
painting the state of the culture of America.
I think that's too grand and pompous a thing for anybody to claim.
- Donald Judd

I'd asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions.
Finally one lady friend asked the right question,
'Well, what do you love most?' That's how I started painting money.
- Andy Warhol

I've been trying to pick up painting but it's hard.
- George Eads

Painting pictures didn't make me a lot of money.
I have to eat.
- Ralph Bakshi

Well, I've been painting for years.
I just started doing a lot more in the last couple.
- Robyn Hitchcock

This kind of painting with its large frames is a bourgeois drawing-room art.
It is an art dealer's art-and that came in after the
civil wars following the French Revolution.
- Edvard Munch

A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions
than anything else in the world.
- Edmond de Goncourt

Most of the power of painting comes through the manipulation of space...
but I don't understand that.
- Jasper Johns

Coming out of college with a degree in fine arts and
painting isn't worth much any more.
- Dan Fogelberg

Knowing what paint a painter uses or having an understanding
of where he was in the history of where he came from
doesn't hurt your appreciation of the painting.
- Jodie Foster

Milos said, You're my first choice.
From my point of view, that doesn't pay the rent.
I said, Tell me what I have to do next because I'm
busy painting my kitchen.
- F. Murray Abraham

Painting is really good fun, I have always enjoyed it.
As long as I paint what I want with the freedom that I enjoy,
I never tire.
- John Dyer

I think people have to choose between living with contradictions
or painting themselves into a corner.
I have a lot of contradictions.
- Michelle Shocked

Being in the studio is like painting,
you know, you can really take your time,
and try different things, and kind of go deep into it.
- Rosanne Cash

I'm just a landscape painter.
I look out the window and I see what's going on,
and I paint it.
While I'm painting it, I also write thoughts about
what I see going on out there.
- William Wiley

If you scratch a great photograph, you find two things;
a painting and a photograph.
- Janet Malcolm

By painting colors and lines and forms seen in quickened
mood I was seeking to make this mood vibrate as a phonograph does.
This was the origin of the paintings in The Frieze of Life.
- Edvard Munch

Painting, sculpture and architecture are finished,
but the art habit continues.
- Robert Smithson

On the floor I am more at ease.
I feel nearer, more part of the painting,
since this way I can walk around it,
work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.
- Jackson Pollock

Painting does what we cannot do - it brings a three-dimensional
world into a two-dimensional plane.
- Chuck Jones

One learns about painting by looking at and imitating other painters.
- Frank Stella

If they were starting their careers today,
Rockwell and Picasso would probably both be painting on black velvet.
- Brad Holland

You cannot possibly invent painting all by yourself.
- Pierre Bonnard

At 18 I began painting steadily fulltime and at age
20 had my first New York show at the Macbeth Gallery.
- Andrew Wyeth

Does any art have a practical value? People love to
talk about how expensive a painting is.
That's the only way we can talk about paintings in this century.
- John Guare

The substance of painting is light.
- Andre Derain

You know, face painting in non-Western cultures is a sign of collectivism,
is a sign of one representing the community,
it's not unique at all.
- Joseph Jarman

Oil-painting is a developed technique.
Why go backwards?
- Edvard Munch

Turning one's novel into a movie script is rather like
making a series of sketches for a painting that has
long ago been finished and framed.
- Vladimir Nabokov

But, after all, the aim of art is to create space -
space that is not compromised by decoration or illustration,
space within which the subjects of painting can live.
- Frank Stella

It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.
- Albert Camus

It is no use painting the foot of the tree white,
the strength of the bark cries out from beneath the paint.
- Aime Cesaire

Landscape is to American painting what sex and psychoanalysis
are to the American novel.
- Robert Hughes

Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted,
but not explained.
- Maurice de Vlaminck

If the world could remain within a frame like a painting on the wall,
I think we'd see the beauty then and stand staring in awe.
- Conor Oberst

I would have liked maybe to be in architecture or painting,
something connected to the fine arts.
- Catherine Deneuve

A sculpture is just a painting cut out and stood up somewhere.
- Frank Stella

If the weather is good I go into the nearby wood -
there I am painting a small beech forest (in the sun)
with a few conifers mixed in.
This takes until 8 'o clock.
- Gustav Klimt


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