Pierre Auguste Renoir ~ Beauty And Art
"To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.”
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Camille Monet and her son Jean in the Garden at Argenteuil, 1874.
Pierre Auguste Renoir
 
Francis Bacon ~ Imagination
"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not..."
Francis Bacon (1909-1992)

Study for the Nurse in the Battleship Potemkin, 1957.
Tolstoy ~ Men Are Like Rivers…
“One of the most widespread superstitions is that every man has his own special, definite qualities; that a man is kind, cruel, wise, stupid, energetic, apathetic, etc.
Men are not like that . . . Men are like rivers; the water is the same in each, and alike in all; but every river is narrow here, is more rapid there, here slower, there broader, now clear, now cold, now dull, now warm. It is the same with men. Every man carries in himself the germs of every human quality and sometimes one manifests itself, sometimes another, and the man often becomes unlike himself—while still remaining the same man.”
― Leo Tolstoy

Only known color photograph of the writer, taken at his Yasnaya Polyana estate in 1908 by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky
George Wesley Bellows ~ The Ideal Artist
"The ideal artist...retains his experience in a spirit of wonder and feeds it with creative lust."
George Wesley Bellows (1882-1925)
A Day in June, 1913
Gustav Klimt ~ Look At My Work And See Who I Am
“I have the gift of neither the spoken nor the written word, especially if I have to say something about myself or my work. Whoever wants to know something about me -as an artist, the only notable thing- ought to look carefully at my pictures and try and see in them what I am and what I want to do.”
― Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt, Pallas Athena, 1898
Claude Monet ~ Love For Art
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” 
Claude Monet

Water Lilies, c. 1915, Neue Pinakothek, Munich
Frida Kahlo ~ The Strangest Person In The World
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.”
― Frida Kahlo
Gisèle Freund:
Frida Kahlo in Mexico City, 1951
Amedeo Modigliani ~ Save Your Dream
It is your duty in life to save your dream.”
― Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920)



Amedeo Modigliani, Christina, 1916

 
Magical Night
“Night is a world lit by itself”
Antonio Porchia
Gaston La Touche (1854-1913)
De L'intrigue Nocturne
Oil on canvas
Anna Kavan ~ Life As A Result Of Tension
"Life is tension or the result of tension; without tension the creative impulse cannot exist. If human life be taken as the result of tension between the two polarities night and day, night, the negative pole, must share equal importance with the positive day. At night, under the influence of cosmic radiations quite different from those of the day, human affairs are apt to come to a crisis. At night most human beings die and are born."

Anna Kavan

Anna Kavan (Helen Woods, 1901-1968) was a British novelist, short story writer and painter.