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"Painting is founded on the heart, controlled by the head."

~~ Paul Cezanne ~~

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"To my mind, expression is not a matter of passion mirrored on the human face or revealed by a violent gesture. When I paint a picture, it's every detail is expressive. The place occupied by figures or objects, the empty spaces around them, the proportions, everything plays a part."

~~ Henri Matisse ~~

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"There is something about black. You feel hidden away in it."

~~ Georgia O'Keefe ~~

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"A painter paints a picture with the same feeling as that with which a criminal commits a crime."

~~ Edgar Dejas ~~

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"The first virtue of a painting is to be a feast for the eyes."

~~ Eugène Delacroix ~~

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"Just dash something down if you see a blank canvas staring at you with a certain imbecility. You do not know how paralyzing it is, that staring of a blank canvas which says to the painter; 'you do not know anything.'"

~~ Vincent Van Gogh ~~


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"It is not bright colors but good drawings that make figures beautiful."

~~ Titian Vecellio ~~

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"You know in my case, all painting . . . is an accident. I forsee it and yet I hardly carry it out as I forsee it. It transforms itself by the actual paint. I don't in fact know very often what the paint will do, and it does many things which are very much better than I could make it do. Perhaps one could say it is not an accident, because it becomes a selective process what part of the accident one chooses to preserve."

~~ Francis Bacon ~~

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