Vincent Van Gogh ~ Paintings Are Everywhere
"What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”
― Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh, 1866

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Trees in the Asylum Garden, 1889.
Henri Matisse ~ We Belong To Our Time
“...for whether we want to or not, we belong to our time and we share in its opinions, its feelings, even its delusions.”
― Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse at work on his Cut-Outs at his home in Nice, 1953

Photo Paris Match via Getty Image

Henri Matisse, The Reader, Marguerite Matisse
1906
Robert Doisneau ~ The Absorbent Photographer
"If you take photographs, don’t speak, don’t write, don’t analyse yourself, and don’t answer any questions."
Robert Doisneau


Robert Doisneau, 1950
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