I have tried to do what is true and not ideal.
Only the human figure exists; landscape is, and should be, no more than an accessory; the painter exclusively of landscape is nothing but a bore.
I paint things as they are. I don't comment. I record.
In our time there are many artists who do something because it is new; they see their value and their justification in this newness. They are deceiving themselves; novelty is seldom the essential. This has to do with one thing only; making a subject better from its intrinsic nature.
Love is when the desire to be desired takes you so badly, that you feel you could die of it!
Marriage is a dinner that begins with dessert.
I don't belong to any school. I work in my corner. I admire Degas.
A professional model is like a stuffed owl. These girls are alive.
I had placed my stick on the table, as I do every evening. It had been specially made to suit my height, to enable me to walk without too much difficulty. As I was standing up, a customer called to me: 'Monsieur, don't forget your pencil.' It was very unkind, but most funny.
It is easy to finish things. Nothing is simpler. Never does one lie so cleverly as then.
Of course one should not drink much, but often.
The wise woman patterns her life on the theory and practice of modern banking. She never gives her love, but only lends it on the best security and at the highest rate of interest.
Novelty is seldom the essential... make a subject better from its intrinsic nature.
I do not know if you bridle your pen, but when my pencil moves, it is necesary to let it go, or - crash!... nothing more.
I can paint until I'm forty. After that I intend to dry up.
I am certainly not regenerating French art, but am struggling hard to accomplish something on an unlucky piece of paper which has done me no harm at all, and on which, believe me, I am doing nothing that is good... I hope things will improve eventually; as it is, I am pretty wretched.
Love is a disease which fills you with a desire to be desired.... - Comte de Toulouse
Jealousy will drive you mad.
Bonnat tells me, 'Your painting isn't bad, it is chic, but even so it isn't bad, but your drawing is absolutely atrocious.' So I must gather my courage and start once again.
[People] want me to finish things. But I see them in such a way and paint them accordingly. ... Nothing is simpler than to complete pictures in a superficial sense. Never does one lie so cleverly as then.
Monet's work would have been even greater if he had not abandoned figure-painting.
I have always been a pencil.
When a figure painter executes a landscape he treats it as if it were a face; Degas' landscapes are unparalleled because they are visionary landscapes.
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