Quotes about painting

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J.M.W. Turner photo

„My business is to paint what I see, not what I know is there.“

—  J.M.W. Turner British Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker 1775 - 1851

Turner, quoted in: Donald B. MacCulloch (1927) The Wondrous Isle of Staffa, p. 160
Alternative quote:
My job is to paint what I see, not what I know
As quoted in: George Seferis (1999) A Poet's Journal: Days of 1945-1951. p. 105
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Edward Hopper photo

„If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.“

—  Edward Hopper prominent American realist painter and printmaker 1882 - 1967

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„The main thing now is not to paint precociously but to be, or at least become, an individual.“

—  Paul Klee German Swiss painter 1879 - 1940

Diary entry (3 June 1902), # 411, in The Diaries of Paul Klee, 1898-1918; University of California Press, 1968
1895 - 1902
Context: The main thing now is not to paint precociously but to be, or at least become, an individual. The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions.

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Citát „Modern paintings are like women, you'll never enjoy them if you try to understand them. “
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