Gauguin on Art

"Art is either plagiarism or revolution."

Dalí on Reality

"One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams."

Bacon on an Artist's Job

"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."

Michelangelo on Perfection

"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."

Michelangelo on Working Hard

"If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."

Miró on Objects

"For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings."

Miró on Loving One's Work

"Throughout the time in which I am working on a canvas I can feel how I am beginning to love it, with that love which is born of slow comprehension. "

Miró on Color

"I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music."

Monet on Repetition

"I know that to paint the sea really well, you need to look at it every hour of every day in the same place so that you can understand its way in that particular spot and that is why I am working on the same motifs over and over again, four or six times even."

Monet on Color

"Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment."

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Pause For Thought

l'Engle on Perfection

"I like the fact that in ancient Chinese art the great painters always included a deliberate flaw in their work: Human creation is never perfect."