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GUSTAVE COURBET ~ BEAUTY

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“Beauty, like truth, is relative to the time when one lives and to the individual who can grasp it.”
― Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet (French, Realism, 1819–1877)

 Still Life with Apples and Pears, 1871

ANAIS NIN ~ ON DREAMS

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“Dreams are necessary to life”
Anais Nin

GEORGE SAND ~ MY INNER STRENGTH

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“When my submission has been claimed, no longer in the name of love and friendship but by reason of some right or power, I have drawn upon the strength that is buried in my nature, I have straightened my shoulders and thrown off the yoke. I alone know the latent force hidden within me. I alone know how much I grieve and suffer and love.”

George Sand

CEZANNE ~ ART AND EMOTION

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“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.”

― Paul Cézanne

Still Life with Apples and a Pear
Paul Cezanne – 1888-1890

THE BALLOON

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“Hands, do what you’re bid;
Bring the balloon of the mind
That bellies and drags in the wind

Into its narrow shed.”

William Butler Yeats

Photo: The Balloon Merchant, 1931
Jules Brassai

CLAUDE MONET ~ PAINT LIKE A BIRD

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“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.”
― Claude Monet

Adolphe Monet reading in the garden, 1866

Claude Monet (1840–1926)
Arm of the Seine at Giverny

PIERRE BONNARD ~ ON COLORS

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Drawing is feeling. Color is an act of reason. Pierre Bonnard

French; Les Nabis Founding Member, Post-Impressionism; 1867-1947

The Terrace at Vernonnet, 1939

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

                                                                               

MANET ~ COLOURS OF NATURE

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There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.

Edouard Manet
The Monet family in their garden at Argenteuil – Edouard Manet

MARCEL PROUST ~ CHILDHOOD AND BOOKS

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“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”

Marcel Proust

HENRI MATISSE ~ LIVING ON BORROWED TIME

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“I didn’t expect to recover from my second operation but since I did, I consider that I’m living on borrowed time. Every day that dawns is a gift to me and I take it in that way. I accept it gratefully without looking beyond it. I completely forget my physical suffering and all the unpleasantness of my present condition and I think only of the joy of seeing the sun rise once more and of being able to work a little bit, even under difficult conditions.”
― Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse by Henri Cartier-Bresson

The Dessert: Harmony in Red, 1908

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