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Pissarro Quotes

"All the sorrows, all the bitternesses, all the sadnesses, I forget them and ignore them in the joy of working. "

"At times I come across works of mine which are soundly done and really in my style, and at such moments I find great solace. "

"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. "

"Cover the canvas at the first go, then work at it until you see nothing more to add. "

"Don't be afraid in nature: one must be bold, at the risk of having been deceived and making mistakes. "

"Everything is beautiful, all that matters is to be able to interpret. "

"God takes care of imbeciles, little children and artists. "

"I began to understand my sensations, to know what I wanted, at around the age of forty - but only vaguely. At fifty, that is in 1880, I formulated the idea of unity, without being able to render it. At sixty, I am beginning to see the possibility of rendering it."

"I concern myself with figures and animals. Several genre studies have been done: I approach this realm of art with timidity; I am abashed by the first-class works of earlier artists in the field; I am afraid of failure! "

"I regard it as a waste of time to think only of selling: one forgets one's art and exaggerates one's value. "

"I remember that, although I was full of fervour, I didn't have the slightest inkling, even at forty, of the deeper side to the movement we were pursuing by instinct. It was in the air! "

"I sometimes have a horrible fear of turning up a canvas of mine. I'm always afraid of finding a monster in place of the precious jewels I thought I had put there! "

"It is absurd to look for perfection. "

"It is the brushwork of the right value and color which should produce the drawing. "

"It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character. "

"Observe that it is a great error to believe that all mediums of art are not closely tied to their time. "

"One can do such lovely things with so little. Subjects that are too beautiful end by appearing theatrical. "

"Paint the essential character of things. "

"Painting, art in general, enchants me. It is my life. What else matters? When you put all your soul into a work, all that is noble in you, you cannot fail to find a kindred soul who understands you, and you do not need a host of such spirits. Is not that all an artist should wish for? "

"Remember that I have the temperament of a peasant, I am melancholy, harsh and savage in my works. It is only in the long run that I can expect to please, and then only those who have a grain of indulgence. "

"We are all the subjects of impressions, and some of us seek to convey the impressions to others. In the art of communicating impressions lies the power of generalizing without losing that logical connection of parts to the whole which satisfies the mind. "

"When you do a thing with your whole soul and everything that is noble within you, you always find your counterpart. "

"Work at the same time on sky, water, branches, ground, keeping everything going on an equal basis... Don't be afraid of putting on colour... Paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression. "