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Quotes of the day: Édouard Manet

Published Friday, January 23, 2015 @ 1:35 AM EST
Jan 23 2015

Édouard Manet (January 23, 1832 - April 30, 1883) was a French painter, one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.

His early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l'herbe) and Olympia, both 1863, caused great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today, these are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A good painting is true to itself.

A painter can say all he wants to with fruit or flowers or even clouds.

Anything containing the spark of humanity, containing the spirit of the age, is interesting.

Black is not a color.

Conciseness in art is essential and a refinement. The concise man makes one think; the verbose bores. Always work towards conciseness.

I am influenced by everbody. But every time I put my hands in my pockets I find someone else's fingers there.

I need to work to feel well.

It is not enough to know your craft - you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more.

No one can be a painter unless he cares for painting above all else.

One must be of one's time and paint what one sees.

The country has charms only for those not obliged to stay there.

The only amateurs are the people who do bad paintings.

There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.

There's no symmetry in nature. One eye is never exactly the same as the other. There's always a difference. We all have a more or less crooked nose and an irregular mouth.

You must always remain master of the situation and do what you please.


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