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

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
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
Picasso ~ Art Is A Lie
Stuffed Shirts (Les Plastrons)
Pablo Picasso - 1900

 We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”
― Pablo Picasso

Woman with feathered hat
Pablo Picasso.
Cesare Pavese ~ The Pleasure Of Being Alive
"There is only one pleasure, that of being alive. All the rest is misery"
Cesare Pavese

Cesare Pavese was an Italian poet, novelist, literary critic and translator. He is widely considered among the major authors of the 20th century in his home country.  (Wikipedia)
Anais Nin ~ On Dreams
"Dreams are necessary to life"
Anais Nin
Kierkegaard ~ Harmony
“Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

Painting: Paul Delvaux (Belgian, Surrealism, 1897–1994)
Harmony (L'Harmonie), 1927.