Anais Nin ~ On Dreams
"Dreams are necessary to life"
Anais Nin
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
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
Pierre Bonnard ~ On Colors
Drawing is feeling. Color is an act of reason. Pierre Bonnard

French; Les Nabis Founding Member, Post-Impressionism; 1867-1947
The Terrace at Vernonnet, 1939
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
                                                                               
Manet ~ Colours Of Nature
There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.
Edouard Manet


The Monet family in their garden at Argenteuil - Edouard Manet
Marcel Proust ~ Childhood And Books
"There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book."
Marcel Proust
Henri Matisse ~ Living On Borrowed Time
“I didn't expect to recover from my second operation but since I did, I consider that I'm living on borrowed time. Every day that dawns is a gift to me and I take it in that way. I accept it gratefully without looking beyond it. I completely forget my physical suffering and all the unpleasantness of my present condition and I think only of the joy of seeing the sun rise once more and of being able to work a little bit, even under difficult conditions.”
― Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse by Henri Cartier-Bresson

The Dessert: Harmony in Red, 1908
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