Edgar Degas

Painting, is it meant to be seen? One works for two or three living friends, and for others one hasn’t met or who have died.
— Edgar Degas

“The art of painting is to surround a touch of Venetian red so that it looks like vermilion.”–Edgar Degas

“Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.”–Edgar Degas

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.”–Edgar Degas

“There is too much talk and gossip; pictures are apparently made, like stock-market prices, by competition of people eager for profits…All this traffic sharpens our intelligence and falsifies our judgment.”–Edgar Degas

“A picture is first of all a product of the imagination of the artist; it must never be a copy.”–Edgar Degas

“Drawing is the artist’s most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing. It reveals better than does painting, his true personality.” –Edgar Degas

“It is very well to copy what one sees; it’s much better to draw what one has retained in one’s memory. It is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.” –Edgar Degas

“If I were in the government I would have a brigade of policemen assigned to keeping an eye on people who paint landscapes outdoors. Oh, I wouldn’t want anyone killed. I’d be satisfied with just a little buckshot to begin with.” –Edgar Degas

“…the moods of sadness that come over anyone who takes up art…these dismal moods have very little compensation.”–Edgar Degas

“Truth is never ugly when one can find in it what one needs.”–Edgar Degas

“It seems to me that today if the artist wishes to be serious…he must once more sink himself in solitude.”–Edgar Degas

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2 Responses to Edgar Degas

  1. Didn’t Know Degas was so given to aphorisms. Kind of like them though…

  2. trueoutsider says:

    Yes. And from long experience painting I can verify them all as true…

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