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CLAUDE MONET ~ THE VALUE OF THE SURROUNDING ATMOSPHERE

in Quoting the Artist ~ Thoughts and Thinking... by

‘For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the air and the light, which vary continuously. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.’

Claude Monet
The Seine at Port-Villez
La Seine à Port-Villez
1894

EDGAR DEGAS ~ ART AND MYSTERY

in Quoting the Artist ~ Thoughts and Thinking... by

“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people”
Edgar Degas

The Dance Class (La Classe de Danse),

1873–1876


Edgar Degas,
“Four Dancers,” 1899.

AUGUSTE RODIN ~ NATURE VERSUS ART

in Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel by

What is commonly called ugliness in nature can in art become full of beauty.

Auguste Rodin

PISSARRO ~ THE WISH OF AN ARTIST

in Quoting the Artist ~ Thoughts and Thinking... by

“Painting, art in general, enchants me. It is my life. What else matters? When you put all your soul into a work, all that is noble in you, you cannot fail to find a kindred soul who understands you, and you do not need a host of such spirits. Is not that all an artist should wish for?”

Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro (1831 – 1903)
The Garden in Pontoise, 1877

HENRI MATISSE ~ WE BELONG TO OUR TIME

in Quoting the Artist ~ Thoughts and Thinking... by

“…for whether we want to or not, we belong to our time and we share in its opinions, its feelings, even its delusions.”
― Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse at work on his Cut-Outs at his home in Nice, 1953

Photo Paris Match via Getty Image

Henri Matisse, The Reader, Marguerite Matisse

1906

PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR ~ BEAUTY AND ART

in Quoting the Artist ~ Thoughts and Thinking... by

“To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.”

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Camille Monet and her son Jean in the Garden at Argenteuil, 1874.

Pierre Auguste Renoir

 

CLAUDE MONET ~ LOVE FOR ART

in Quoting the Artist ~ Thoughts and Thinking... by

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

Claude Monet

Water Lilies, c. 1915, Neue Pinakothek, Munich

AMEDEO MODIGLIANI ~ SAVE YOUR DREAM

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It is your duty in life to save your dream.”
― Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920)

Amedeo Modigliani, Christina, 1916

 

MAGICAL NIGHT

in A Mysterious Encounter with the Moon by

“Night is a world lit by itself”
Antonio Porchia

Gaston La Touche (1854-1913)
De L’intrigue Nocturne
Oil on canvas

CAMILLE CLAUDEL ~ LIVING IN A NIGHTMARE

in Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel by

I have fallen into an abyss. I live in a world so curious, so strange. Of the dream that was my life, this is my nightmare.”
Camille Claudel

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