Claude Monet ~ The Value Of The Surrounding Atmosphere
'For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life - the air and the light, which vary continuously. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.'
Claude Monet
The Seine at Port-Villez
La Seine à Port-Villez
1894
Edgar Degas ~ Art And Mystery
“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people”
Edgar Degas

The Dance Class (La Classe de Danse),
1873–1876


Edgar Degas,
"Four Dancers," 1899.
Auguste Rodin ~ Nature Versus Art
What is commonly called ugliness in nature can in art become full of beauty.
Auguste Rodin
Pissarro ~ The Wish Of An Artist
"Painting, art in general, enchants me. It is my life. What else matters? When you put all your soul into a work, all that is noble in you, you cannot fail to find a kindred soul who understands you, and you do not need a host of such spirits. Is not that all an artist should wish for?"
Camille Pissarro


Camille Pissarro (1831 - 1903)
The Garden in Pontoise, 1877
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
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
 
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
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
Camille Claudel ~ Living In A Nightmare
I have fallen into an abyss. I live in a world so curious, so strange. Of the dream that was my life, this is my nightmare.”
Camille Claudel