Edgar Degas ~ My Artificial Heart
"And even this heart of mine has something artificial. The dancers have sewn it into a bag of pink satin, pink satin slightly faded, like their dancing shoes.”
― Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
The Entrance of the Masked Dancers, c. 1884.
Tamara De Lempicka ~ Glamour Star
...for my inspiration...I liked to go out in the evenings...
and have a good-looking man tell me how beautiful I am
or how great an artist I am -
and he touches my hand ... I loved it! - I needed that.
And I had many, many."

Tamara de Lempicka
Tamara de Lempicka (Łempicka) (16 May 1898 – 18 March 1980), born Maria Górska in Warsaw, Poland, was a Polish Art Deco painter and "the first woman artist to be a glamour star".
Moore ~ On Paintings
"The many great paintings of the world, all make the point as clear as possible:
The soul cannot thrive in the absence of art. If you don't want the pleasure of art, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul."
Alfred Kubin ~ Madness

“A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free”
Nona Rostagno ~ Art Is All Around Her…
Music in the Air

Nona Rostagno

Nona is  born in the Ukraine, but for political reasons her father left his country in 1943 to live somewhere else. They went to Brazil. The whole family got the Brazilian nationality. In Brazil Nona had the opportunity to study languages, music and specially art.  Her first exhibition was in Germany, in Hamburg, in a Refugee Camp and she was only 5.  Since then she never stopped drawing. Lately she discovered that teaching is marvelous as she is able to help many people emotionally.

The painting we see here is about a person that played near her studio. She didnt know him, but now they are friends. He plays for her, calling her...
Isaac Israels ~ Reading Girl On A Sofa
"Reading girl on a sofa" 1920
Isaac Israels
Dutch painter
Alfred Stevens ~ Femme Au Chale Des Indes
Femme au châle des Indes dans un atelier by Alfred Stevens
Charlotte Salomon ~ Life? Or Theater?
Charlotte Salomon (April 16, 1917 - October 10, 1943) was a German-Jewish artist born in Berlin. She is primarily remembered as the creator of an autobiographical series of paintings Leben? oder Theater?: Ein Singspiel (Life? or Theatre?: A Singspiel ) consisting of 769 individual works painted between 1941 and 1943 in the south of France, while Salomon was in hiding from the Nazis. In October 1943 she was captured and deported to Auschwitz, where she and her unborn child were "apparently gassed soon after her arrival at the camp".
Odilon Redon ~ Painter Of Illusions
Portrait of Violette Heymann
Basquiat ~ On Drawing
"Believe it or not, I can actually draw."

Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American  artist and the first artist of African descent to become an international art star. His career in art began as a graffiti artist in New York City, and in the 1980s produced Neo-expressionist painting. Basquiat died due to a heroin overdose on August 12, 1988, at the age of 27.