It is the treating of the commonplace with the feeling of the sublime that gives to art its true power.
Beauty does not lie in the face. It lies in the harmony between a person and his or her industry. Beauty is expression. When I paint a mother I try to render her beautiful by the mere look she gives her child.
Art will never come except from some small disregarded corner where an isolated and inspired man is studying the mysteries of nature.
I want to put strongly and completely all that is necessary, for things weakly said might as well not be said at all.
A photograph is analogous to a plaster cast taken from life, which is always inferior to a good statue.
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