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You shouldn't say it is not good. You should say, you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe. -- James McNeill Whistler

The purpose of painting is to decorate the walls. Therefore it has to be as rich as possible -- Pierre-Auguste Renoir

People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love. -- Claude Monet

The best and most beautiful things in this universe cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with a open heart. -- Berthe Morisot

Why do people so love to wander? I think the civilized parts of the World will suffice for me in the future. -- Mary Cassatt

A is a light in the window of the soul indicating that the heart is home. -- Berthe Morisot

I don't think there has ever been a man who treated a woman as an equal and that's all I would have asked, for I know I'm worth as much as they. -- Berthe Morisot

Why shouldn't art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world. -- Pierre-Auguste Renoir

 An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. -- James McNeill Whistler

If other people are going to talk, conversation becomes impossible.-- James McNeill Whistler

People will forgive anything but beauty and talent. So I am doubly unpardonable.-- James McNeill Whistler

No Frenchman of any standing in the art world has ever taken any of these things seriously. As to Matisse, one only has to see his early works to understand him. His pictures were extremely feeble in execution and very commonplace in vision. As he is intelligent, he saw that real excellence, which would bring him consideration, was not for him on that line. -- Mary Cassatt



One day Boudin said to me, "Learn to draw well and appreciate the sea, the light, the blue sky." I took his advice. -- Claude Monet
I consider women who are authors, lawyers and politicians are monsters - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

I think if you shake the tree, you ought to around when the fruit falls to pick it up. -- Mary Cassatt

"I paint with my prick "- Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The vast majority of English folk cannot and will not consider a picture as a picture, apart from any story which it may be supposed to tell.  - James McNeill Whistler

The rare few, who, early in life have rid themselves of the friendship of the many. - James McNeill Whistler

To say to the painter that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player that he may sit on the piano. - James McNeill Whistler

I maintain that two and two would continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the amateur for three, or the cry of the critic for five. -  James McNeill Whistler



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Richard Muther, The History of Painting, Henry and Co., London, 1896



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