Vive La France
Eugene Delacroix
Ernest Hemingway ~ Immortality
From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality.
Ernest Hemingway
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.
Auguste Rodin ~ The Importance Of Being A Man
The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Be a man before being an artist!”
― Auguste Rodin

Eternal Spring, 1900
Auguste Rodin
James Tissot ~ Imagination
Summer, 1878, James Tissot.
“It is imagination that inflames the passions by painting in a fascinating or terrible fashion an object which impresses us.”
James Jacques Tissot (1836-1902)

Study for (also known as Woman in an Interior)
James Tissot - circa 1883-1885

James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836-1902)
"Holiday" c1876
Anais Nin ~ On Dreams
"Dreams are necessary to life"
Anais Nin
Auguste Rodin ~ Nature Versus Art
What is commonly called ugliness in nature can in art become full of beauty.
Auguste Rodin
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

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