Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Degas, Monet, Van Gogh Quotes

A tip of my hat tonight to the artists we'll be seeing tomorrow at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston exhibit, Impressionists/Post Impressionists, on loan from the National Gallery of Art.  And, a few quotes.

'A picture is something which requires as much knavery, trickery and deceit as the perpetration of a crime.' - Edgar Degas

'Ah, gentlemen, I don’t receive when I’m working, no, I don’t receive.  When I’m working, if I’m interrupted, it just finishes me, I’m lost.  You’ll understand, I’m sure, that I’m chasing the merest sliver of colour.  It’s my own fault, I want to grasp the intangible.  It’s terrible how the light runs out, taking colour with it.  Colour, any colour, lasts a second, sometimes three or four minutes at most.  What to do, what to paint in three or four minutes?  They’re gone, you have to stop.  Ah, how I suffer, how painting makes me suffer!  It tortures me.  The pain it causes me!' - Claude Monet

'If you hear a voice within you saying, “You are not a painter,” then by all means paint, boy, and that voice will be silenced.' - Vincent Van Gogh

'Drawing sketches is like planting seeds in order to get pictures later.' - Van Gogh

It's going to be a great exhibit.  The Impressionist painters show in person like they can't possibly show in reproductions.  I'll give you my report.


  1. Thanks, Linda, it was really wonderful. Glorious colors, of course!