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Edgar Degas Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Edgar Degas

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

Related topics: Art

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

I am never going to have anything more to do
with politics or politicians.
When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely
to writing and painting.
- Winston Churchill

Painting is a hobby for me.
- Renee O'Connor

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

I have a horror of people who speak about the beautiful.
What is the beautiful? One must speak of problems in painting!
- Pablo Picasso

The majority of my work is from life.
I spend most fine days from May to October painting outside.
- John Dyer

Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely
with life and nature's phenomena before it can again become great.
- Edward Hopper

I want to die painting.
- Paul Cezanne

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

Painting completed my life.
- Frida Kahlo

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

No painting can tell the truth of a single instant;
no snapshot can do anything else.
- John A. Kouwenhoven

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

I felt I was painting with a Popsicle.
- Robert Merrill

Painting's not important.
The important thing is keeping busy.
- Grandma Moses

Painting and writing are solitary arts.
- Conrad Hall

When I look at a body it gives me choice of what to put in a painting,
what will suit me and what won't.
- Lucian Freud

Lovers of painting and lovers of music are people who
openly display their preference like a delectable ailment
that isolates them and makes them proud.
- Maurice Blanchot

I don't work from drawings.
I don't make sketches and drawings and color sketches into a final painting.
- Jackson Pollock

Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions
to the order of the possible.
- Balthus

My movement from painting to film was a very conscious one.
- Kathryn Bigelow

Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour.
- Giotto di Bondone

Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning
a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.
- E. O. Wilson

I have not written in vain if I have heretofore done
anything towards diminishing the reputation of the
Renaissance landscape painting.
- John Ruskin

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

Painting is the aesthetic side of the object but it has never been original,
has never been its own goal.
- Kazimir Malevich

American poetry, like American painting,
is always personal with an emphasis on the individuality of the poet.
- Diane Wakoski

Look at any inspired painting.
It's like a gong sounding; it puts you in a state of reverberation.
- Philip Guston

The greatest advances of civilization,
whether in architecture or painting,
in science and literature,
in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
- Milton Friedman

If he sees nothing within, then he should stop painting what is in front of him.
- Caspar David Friedrich

I believe the reason I love painting so much is that
it forces one to be objective.
- Max Beckmann

Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.
- Michelangelo

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

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

Painting is, I think, inevitably an archaic activity
and one that depends on spiritual values.
- Bridget Riley

I don't like painting flowers in my music.
I like painting guts and pain.
- Jonathan Davis

Whereas painting is a more rarefied art form,
with a limited audience, I recognized film as this
extraordinary social tool that could reach tremendous numbers of people.
- Kathryn Bigelow

And I think a painting has such a limited life anyway.
- Robert Rauschenberg

Not that painting would have been a release.
The reason for doing it is the desire to create.
I've got to do it!
I've seen that, I can still remember it,
I've got to paint it.
- Otto Dix

Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic,
so what you see is not what you see.
- Philip Guston

I am a great lover of art, in many forms:
paintings,
objets, textiles.
I don't have the talent for painting,
but I have a very good sense of colour,
a love of visual beauty.
- Jacqueline Bisset

I have generally found that persons who had studied
painting least were the best judges of it.
- William Hogarth

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

I hardly ever stretch the canvas before painting.
- Jackson Pollock

There are only two styles of portrait painting;
the serious and the smirk.
- Charles Dickens

If some student came up and wanted to know where to study painting,
you'd want to suggest someplace, but there's no place.
I wouldn't know where to send a student to study.
- Ad Reinhardt

I'm very representational some of the time,
and a little all of the time.
But when you're painting out of your unconscious,
figures are bound to emerge.
- Jackson Pollock

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


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