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I must be more sensible and realize that at my age, illusions are hardly permitted and they will always destroy me.
 

I paint as if I were Rothschild.
 

I want to die painting.
 

I'll always be grateful to the public of intelligent amateurs.
 

I've come to the conclusion that it's not really possible to help others.
 

If isolation tempers the strong, it is the stumbling-block of the uncertain.
 

Is art really the priesthood that demands the pure in heart who belong to it wholly?
 

Is it the factitious and the conventional that most surely succeed on earth and in the course of life?
 

It is impossible for emotion not to come on us in thinking of that time now flowed away.
 

It's so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.
 

Keep good company - that is, go to the Louvre.
 

My age and health will never allow me to realize the dream of art I've been pursuing all my life.
 

My nervous system is enfeebled, only work in oils can sustain me.
 

One does not substitute oneself for the past, one merely adds to it a new link.
 

Optics, developing in us through study, teach us to see.
 

Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations.
 

Painting is damned difficult - you always think you've got it, but you haven't.
 

People think how a sugar basin has no physiognomy, no soul. But it changes every day.
 

Pure drawing is an abstraction. Drawing and colour are not distinct, everything in nature is coloured.
 

Shadow is a colour as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones.
 


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