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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

EDGAR DEGAS ~ MY ARTIFICIAL HEART

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“And even this heart of mine has something artificial. The dancers have sewn it into a bag of pink satin, pink satin slightly faded, like their dancing shoes.”
― Edgar Degas (1834-1917)

The Entrance of the Masked Dancers, c. 1884.

CLAUDE MONET ~ A DESIRE TO DO EVERYTHING

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“Everyday I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.”
― Claude Monet

Water Lilies (detail), 1914, 1917

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

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

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

CLAUDE MONET ~ THE VALUE OF THE SURROUNDING ATMOSPHERE

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‘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

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“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.

PISSARRO ~ THE WISH OF AN ARTIST

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“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

PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR ~ BEAUTY AND ART

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“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

 

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