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In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.
– Edgar Degas
No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters.
Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
One must do the same subject over again ten times, a hundred times. In art nothing must resemble an accident, not even movement.
What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it’s charming.
Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.
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.