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.
Frida Kahlo ~ The Accidents In My Life
"There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst."
Frida Kahlo
George Sand ~ My Inner Strength
"When my submission has been claimed, no longer in the name of love and friendship but by reason of some right or power, I have drawn upon the strength that is buried in my nature, I have straightened my shoulders and thrown off the yoke. I alone know the latent force hidden within me. I alone know how much I grieve and suffer and love."
George Sand
Cezanne ~ Art And Emotion
“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.”



― Paul Cézanne


Still Life with Apples and a Pear
Paul Cezanne - 1888-1890
Dorothy Parker ~ Midnight
Midnight
The stars are soft as flowers, and as near; 
The hills are webs of shadow, slowly spun; 
No separate leaf or single blade is here- 
All blend to one.
No moonbeam cuts the air; a sapphire light 
Rolls lazily. and slips again to rest. 
There is no edged thing in all this night, 
Save in my breast.
Dorothy Parker

Summer Night


Stanislav Zhukovsky - 1912
The Balloon
“Hands, do what you're bid;Bring the balloon of the mindThat bellies and drags in the windInto its narrow shed.”William Butler Yeats

Photo: The Balloon Merchant, 1931
Jules Brassai
Claude Monet ~ Paint Like A Bird
“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.”
― Claude Monet

Adolphe Monet reading in the garden, 1866


Claude Monet (1840–1926)
Arm of the Seine at Giverny