John Singer Sargent ~ A Vision
"I don't dig beneath the surface for things that don't appear before my own eyes."
John Singer Sargent
At Torre Galli: Ladies in a Garden
John Singer Sargent - 1910


Pomegranates
John Singer Sargent - 1908
 
Vincent Van Gogh ~ To Live More Musically
“In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically.”
― Vincent van Gogh
The Old Tower in the Fields, 1884
Fernando Pessoa ~ Contemplation
“Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily. It is a journey of the spirit through the material world and, since it is the spirit that travels, it is the spirit that is experienced. That is why there exist contemplative souls who have lived more intensely, more widely, more tumultuously than others who have lived their lives purely externally.”
― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Giulio Artistide Sartorio (1860-1932)
Studio per la testa della Gorgone
Oil on Canvas
James Tissot ~ Imagination
Summer, 1878, James Tissot.
“It is imagination that inflames the passions by painting in a fascinating or terrible fashion an object which impresses us.”
James Jacques Tissot (1836-1902)


Study for (also known as Woman in an Interior)
James Tissot - circa 1883-1885

James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836-1902)
"Holiday" c1876
Paul Gauguin ~ Beauty
Blue Trees, 1888

“Moved by an unconsious sentiment born out of solitude and savagery - idle tales of a noughty child who sometimes reflects and who is always a lover of the beautiful - the beauty that is personal - the only beauty that is human.”
― Paul Gauguin, Intimate Journals

Clovis Gauguin asleep, 1884
Paul Cezanne ~ A Beautiful Stillness
Still Life with Apples and a Pot of Primroses
Paul Cézanne - circa 1890
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Claude Monet ~ A Desire To Do Everything
“Everyday I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.”
― Claude Monet

Water Lilies (detail), 1914, 1917
Gustave Courbet ~ Beauty
“Beauty, like truth, is relative to the time when one lives and to the individual who can grasp it.”
― Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet (French, Realism, 1819–1877)
 Still Life with Apples and Pears, 1871
Edward Steichen ~ The Photographer
"Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product."
Edward Steichen

"The Flatiron" 1905 by Edward Steichen
1897-1973
Francisco De Goya ~ Light And Shadow
“Always lines, never forms! But where do they find these lines in Nature? For my part I see only forms that are lit up and forms that are not. There is only light and shadow.”
― Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
El Quitasol, 1777