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Edgar Degas Quotes

Please enjoy these inspirational quotes by Edgar Degas.

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

Related topics: Art

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

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

 

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

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

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
- Edgar Degas

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

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

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

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

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.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

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

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
- Pablo Picasso

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

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

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

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

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

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

All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

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

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

I liked sculpting better than painting.
You have more freedom in sculpting.
- Anthony Quinn

I no longer worry whether a painting is about something or not.
I am only concerned with the expectation,
from a flat surface, of an illusion.
- William Scott

Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression
of the highest moral and spiritual ideas,
there music is sublimely strong.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

I think a painting should include more experience than
simply intended statement.
- Jasper Johns

It was in the 1920s, when nobody had time to reflect,
that I saw a still-life painting with a flower that was perfectly exquisite,
but so small you really could not appreciate it.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

My aim in painting is to create pulsating,
luminous, and open surfaces that emanate a mystic light,
in accordance with my deepest insight into the experience of life and nature.
- Hans Hofmann

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

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

I tried painting for a short time and realized that
I was not a child prodigy at painting.
- Kim Weston

I have sworn to die painting.
- Paul Cezanne

I hate painting.
- Howard Hodgkin

Language is much closer to film than painting is.
- Sergei Eisenstein

Painting and writing are solitary arts.
- Conrad Hall

Every milieu has something ridiculous about it -
film-making,
the music world, painting - because people who take
themselves seriously become funny pretty quickly.
- Rebecca Miller

I was painting sets, working in editorial as an assistant,
driving their trucks, lying that I knew how to drive a truck,
and doing commercials and documentaries.
- Richard Donner

And also the new excitement and variety of ways that
the abstract expressionists were applying paint.
You could put it on as though it were colored air and it would be painting.
- Robert Rauschenberg

When I get my hands on painting materials I don't give
a damn about other people's painting...
every generation must start again afresh.
- Maurice de Vlaminck

I believe that the reason why I love painting so much
is that it forces one to be objective.
There is nothing I hate more than sentimentality.
- Max Beckmann

There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured,
such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Through a painting we can see the whole world.
- Hans Hofmann

The craft of painting has virtually disappeared.
There is hardly anyone left who really possesses it.
For evidence one has only to look at the painters of this century.
- Balthus

Painting is the representation of visible forms.
The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal.
- Gustave Courbet

Painting...
in which the inner and the outer man are inseparable,
transcends technique, transcends subject and moves
into the realm of the inevitable.
- Lee Krasner

I was worried in the '80s that the best abstract painting
had become obsessed with materiality,
and painterly gestures and materiality were up against the wall.
- Frank Stella

Sometimes I miss out the morning's painting session
and instead study my Japanese books in the open.
- Gustav Klimt

Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language.
I don't know what to say about what I paint,
really.
- Balthus

I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity
with the minimum of means.
It is this which has led me to give my painting a character
of even greater bareness.
- Joan Miro

Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
- Vincent Van Gogh

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

Well, I am not interested in the kind of expression
that you have when you paint a painting with brush strokes.
It's all right, but it's already done and I want to do something new.
- Donald Judd

Simultaneous contrast is not just a curious optical phenomenon -
it is the very heart of painting.
- Josef Albers

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

You cannot possibly invent painting all by yourself.
- Pierre Bonnard

At 18 I began painting steadily fulltime and at age
20 had my first New York show at the Macbeth Gallery.
- Andrew Wyeth

So about twenty years ago I gave up on painting -
and got into terrible debt after buying a load of camera gear!
- Nigel Dennis

Somehow, the painting soothed him.
It verified his fears.
But it also informed him that fear was wonderful.
- Timothy Findley

When I work alone, my process is like painting.
With Fleetwood Mac, it's more like movie making.
- Lindsey Buckingham

When superstition is allowed to perform the task of
old age in dulling the human temperament,
we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry,
in painting, and in music.
- Denis Diderot

In a movie, you're raw material, just a hue of some
color and the director makes the painting.
- Viggo Mortensen

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

There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.
- Mark Rothko

But I was in awe of the painters; I mean I was new in New York,
and I thought the painting that was going on here was just unbelievable.
- Robert Rauschenberg

This kind of painting with its large frames is a bourgeois drawing-room art.
It is an art dealer's art-and that came in after the
civil wars following the French Revolution.
- Edvard Munch

I wanted to make these people real, not like they were in a painting.
Like these are people who don't know they're in a period movie.
Those concerns are incredibly immediate.
- Neil LaBute

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


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