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Inspirational art quotes by the famous French Artist Claude Monet
Born Oscar-Claude Monet - Paris, France - 14th of November, 1840 / Died - Giverny, France - 5th of December, 1926
Popular Claude Monet paintings include "Impression, Sunrise", "La Promenade", "Rouen Cathedral", and "Water Lilies".
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Claude Monet Quotes
- "My garden is my
most beautiful masterpiece."
- "I can only draw
what I see."
- "It's on the strength
of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig
and delve unceasingly."
- "It seems to me
as if I can see nature and I can catch it all. It is by observation
and reflection that I discover how. That is what we are working
- "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 continually. For me, it is only
the, surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value."
- "Nothing in the
whole world is of interest to me but my painting and my flowers."
- "To me the motif
itself is an insignificant factor; what I want to reproduce is what
lies between the motif and me. Other painters paint a bridge, a
house, a boat.. I want to paint the air in which the bridge, the
house and the boat are to be found.. the beauty of the air around
them, and that is nothing less than the impossible."
- "I am working as
hard as I possibly can, and do not even dream of doing anything
except the cathedral.
It is an immense task."
- "It is by force
of observation and reflection that one finds. So let us grind away
and grind away constantly."
- "Everything I have
earned has gone into these gardens."
- "It took me time
to understand my waterlilies.
I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever
thinking of painting them."
- "I hope that Cezanne
will still be here and that he will join us, but he is so shy, so
afraid of meeting new people, that I am afraid that he might let
us down, even though he wants very much to meet you. How sad it
is that this man hasn't had more patronage in his life!"
- "I insist upon doing
it alone. Much as I enjoyed making the trip there with Renoir
as a tourist, I'd find it hard to work there together. I have always
worked better alone and from my own impressions."
- "I know that to
paint the sea really well, you need to look at it every hour of
every day in the same place so that you can understand its way in
that particular spot and that is why I am working on the same motifs
over and over again, four or six times even."
- "One is too taken
up with all that one sees and hears in Paris, however strong one
is, and what I do here will at least have the merit of being unlike
anyone else, at least I believe so, because it will simply be the
expression of what I, and only I have felt. The further I get, the
more I regret how little I know, thats what hinders me the
most. I don't think I will spend much time in Paris now, a month
at the very most, each year."
- "It seems to me,
when I see nature, that I see it ready made, completely written..
but then, try to do it! All this proves that one must think of nothing
but them impressions; it is by dint of observation and reflection
that one makes discoveries."
- "Colour is my day-long
obsession, joy and torment."