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Famous quotes and profiles of famous French artists that are based in or born in the country of the European country of France. Artists include painters, photographers, sculptors, designers, printmakers, and more.

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* Arman quotes

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+ I have always been very much involved in the pseudo biological cycle of production, consumption and destruction. And for a long time, I have been anguished by the fact that one of its most conspicuous material results is the flooding of our world with junk and rejected odd objects.
* Jean Arp quotes
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+ Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother’s womb.
* Balthus quotes
+ Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don’t know what to say about what I paint, really.
* Pierre Bonnard quotes
+ The artist who paints the emotions creates an enclosed world.. the picture.. which, like a book, has the same interest no matter where it happens to be. Such an artist, we may imagine, spends a great deal of time doing nothing but looking, both around him and inside him.
* Georges Braque quotes
+ Critics should help people see for themselves; they should never try to define things, or impose their own explanations, though I admit that if.. as nearly always happens.. a critic's explanations serve to increase the general obscurity that's all to the good. French poets are particularly helpful in this respect.
* Andre Breton quotes
+ The mind which plunges into Surrealism, relives with burning excitement the best part of childhood.
* Bernard Buffet quotes
+ I believe in working hard. Painting is serious. A vice, not a play thing.
* Paul Cezanne quotes
+ It took me 40 years to find out that painting is not sculpture.
* Marc Chagall quotes
+ Changes in societal structure and in art would possess more credibility if they had their origins in the soul and spirit. If people read the words of the prophets with closer attention, they would find the keys to life.
+ My hands were too soft.. I had to find some special occupation, some kind of work that would not force me to turn away from the sky and the stars, that would allow me to discover the meaning of life.
* Gustave Courbet quotes
+ The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it.
* Edgar Degas quotes
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+ Everyone has talent at 25. The difficulty is to have it at 50.
* Jean Dubuffet quotes
+ What I expect from any work of art is that it surprises me, that it violates my customary valuations of things and offers me other, unexpected ones.
* Marcel Duchamp quotes
+ I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.
* Yves Klein quotes
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+ As I lay stretched upon the beach of Nice, I began to feel hatred for birds which flew back and forth across my blue sky, cloudless sky, because they tried to bore holes in my greatest and most beautiful work.
* Fernand Leger quotes
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+ Above all, it is a matter of loving art, not understanding it.
* Henri Matisse quotes
+ Cezanne, you see, is a sort of God of painting.
* Claude Monet quotes
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+ Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
* Pierre Auguste Renoir quotes
+ You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat.
* Auguste Rodin quotes
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+ The sculptor represents the transition from one pose to another.. he indicates how insensibly the first glides into the second. In his work we still see a part of what was and we discover a part of what is to be.
* Henri Rousseau quotes
+ When I go out into the countryside and see the sun and the green and everything flowering, I say to myself "Yes indeed, all that belongs to me!".

* Henri Toulouse Lautrec quotes

+ In our time there are many artists who do something because it is new; they see their value and their justification in this newness. They are deceiving themselves; novelty is seldom the essential. This has to do with one thing only; making a subject better from its intrinsic nature.
* Maurice de Vlaminck quotes
+ I was poor but I knew that life is beautiful. And I had no other ambition than to discover with the help of new means those deep inner ties that linked me to the very soil.

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