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WILLIAM BOUGUEREAU ~ A PASSION FOR PAINTING

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Nymphes et Satyre by William Bouguereau

WILLIAM BOUGUEREAU AND HIS PASSION FOR PAINTING

“Each day I go to my studio full of joy; in the evening when obliged to stop because of darkness I can scarcely wait for the morning to come… My work is not only a pleasure, it has become a necessity. No matter how many other things I have in my life, if I cannot give myself to my dear painting I am miserable.”  (Adolfe-William Bouguereau) Keep Reading

HARUKI MURAKAMI ~ HUGE COSMIC LOVE

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“Sometimes, when one is moving silently through such an utterly desolate landscape, an overwhelming hallucination can make one feel that oneself, as an individual human being, is slowly being unraveled. The surrounding space is so vast that it becomes increasingly difficult to keep a balanced grip on one’s own being. The mind swells out to fill the entire landscape, becoming so diffuse in the process that one loses the ability to keep it fastened to the physical self. The sun would rise from the eastern horizon, and cut it’s way across the empty sky, and sink below the western horizon. This was the only perceptible change in our surroundings. And in the movement of the sun, I felt something I hardly know how to name: some huge, cosmic love.”
― Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Peyrelebade Landscape, 1869
Odilon Redon

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT ~ READ TO LIVE

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“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
― Gustave Flaubert

Henri Roger-Viollet
1893

CHARLES DICKENS ~ A QUIET SILENT MAN

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“He had been for many years, a quiet silent man, associating but little with other men, and used to companionship with his own thoughts. He had never known before the strength of the want in his heart for the frequent recognition of a nod, a look, a word; or the immense amount of relief that had been poured into it by drops through such small means.”
― Charles Dickens, Hard Times

Burghers of Calais (detail)
Auguste Rodin.

MONET ~ LOVE MY ART

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“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”
Claude Monet

Palazzo da Mula in Venice 1908

ANAIS NIN ~ THE ROLE OF A WRITER

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“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”
Anais Nin

On the photo Anais Nin with Henry Miller

MATISSE ~ IS AN ARTIST A PRISONER?

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Henri Matisse, French painter, in 1947. LIP-1063-038

“An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.”
Henri Matisse

JULES BRASSAI ~ THE OTHERNESS OF THE NIGHT

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“The Night suggests, it does not show. The Night disquiets and surprises us with its otherness. It releases forces within us which by day are dominated by reason.”
Jules Brassai

MILAN KUNDERA ~ MY AMBITION

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“My lifetime ambition has been to unite the seriousness of question with the lightness of form.”
—Milan Kundera

SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR ~ ONE’S PAST

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“It’s very hard to review one’s past without cheating a little.”

Simone de Beauvoir

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