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Edgar Degas Quotes

I hope you find these Edgar Degas Quotes inspiring and motivational.

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

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


 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Painting is by nature a luminous language.
- Robert Delaunay

All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

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

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

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

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

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

Painting is really good fun, I have always enjoyed it.
As long as I paint what I want with the freedom that I enjoy,
I never tire.
- John Dyer

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

I hardly ever stretch the canvas before painting.
- Jackson Pollock

The key is in remaining just aloof enough from a painting
so that you know when to stop.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

Painting is sometimes like those recipes where you
do all manner of elaborate things to a duck,
and then end up putting it on one side and only using the skin.
- Lucian Freud

A painting is finished when the subject comes back,
when what has caused the painting to be made comes back as an object.
- Howard Hodgkin

I think it is an inborn talent - just luck.
Some people can learn languages; some can throw a ball.
Most people have something.
My talent is drawing and painting.
- Mike Thompson

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

The paintings may communicate even better because people
are lazy and they can look at a painting with less
effort than they can read a poem.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I hope to actually get back to painting someday...
soon.
I sort of transitioned into cartooning from painting.
- Max Cannon

Lovers of painting and lovers of music are people who
openly display their preference like a delectable ailment
that isolates them and makes them proud.
- Maurice Blanchot

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

Painting is self-discovery.
Every good artist paints what he is.
- Jackson Pollock

Never invest in anything that eats or needs painting.
- Billy Rose

Painting constantly appeared to me as the one and only possible achievement.
- Max Beckmann

No one can be a painter unless he cares for painting above all else.
- Edouard Manet

The final test of a painting, theirs,
mine, any other, is: does the painter's emotions come across?
- Franz Kline

I've been trying to pick up painting but it's hard.
- George Eads

In the fairy tale the painting represents the here and now.
The book is actually divided into five sections,
through which the key character, the muse,
leads us.
- Kit Williams

Well, I have a very simple method of painting.
- Edward Hopper

Pop Art looks out into the world.
It doesn't look like a painting of something,
it looks like the thing itself.
- Roy Lichtenstein

I hope that my painting has the impact of giving someone,
as it did me, the feeling of his own totality,
of his own separateness, of his own individuality.
- Barnett Newman

Painting is much more than therapy to me its a way of life.
- Tony Curtis

A sculpture is just a painting cut out and stood up somewhere.
- Frank Stella

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

By painting colors and lines and forms seen in quickened
mood I was seeking to make this mood vibrate as a phonograph does.
This was the origin of the paintings in The Frieze of Life.
- Edvard Munch

A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions
than anything else in the world.
- Edmond de Goncourt

To the humblest among them, who may be listening to me now,
I want to say that the masterpiece to which you are
paying historic homage this evening is a painting which he has saved.
- Andre Malraux

Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas.
- Georges Braque

Good painting is the kind that looks like sculpture.
- Michelangelo

The older painting - well, it does have an effect all at once,
I suppose, but it's of a lesser intensity than a lot
of the American work in the last ten or fifteen years.
- Donald Judd

Milos said, You're my first choice.
From my point of view, that doesn't pay the rent.
I said, Tell me what I have to do next because I'm
busy painting my kitchen.
- F. Murray Abraham

The dog, the rabbit and the hoop all feature in the painting,
and take the place of the orrery.
- Kit Williams

I am more a friend of art than a producer of painting.
- Paul Cezanne

Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic,
so what you see is not what you see.
- Philip Guston

Last year my boyfriend gave me a painting -
a very personal one.
I really prefer personal gifts or ones made by someone for me.
Except diamonds.
That's the exception to the rule.
- Minnie Driver

I want to die painting.
- Paul Cezanne

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

Now I'm a painter.
That was another opportunity I was able to pursue,
I've been painting all my life, now it's become a second
career because of my success in the movies.
- Tony Curtis

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

When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing.
- Jackson Pollock

I still have agents in France, Los Angeles and Amsterdam
who call and suggest parts.
I'd love to keep on doing both painting and acting
until the end of my days.
- Sylvia Kristel

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

I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting
as were thousands of other people,
and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write,
but it's not.
- Kenneth Koch

I studied all about Gauguin.
He was a banker.
He was a banker who - he used to paint on Sundays.
And one day he hated himself for painting on Sundays.
- Anthony Quinn

I don't work from drawings.
I don't make sketches and drawings and color sketches into a final painting.
- Jackson Pollock


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