„I paint flowers so they will not die.“

Frida Kahlo photo
Frida Kahlo18
1907 - 1954

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir photo

„What seems most significant to me about our movement is that we have freed painting from the importance of the subject. I am at liberty to paint flowers and call them flowers, without their needing to tell a story.“

— Pierre-Auguste Renoir French painter and sculptor 1841 - 1919
Quoted in: Charles Altieri (1989) Painterly Abstraction in Modernist American Poetry, p. 169: Talking about the movement of Impressionism.

Reginald Heber photo

„When Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.“

— Reginald Heber English clergyman 1783 - 1826
Hymn for Seventh Sunday after Trinity; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 746.

Emil Nolde photo

„It was in mid-summer [1906]. The colors of the flowers attracted me irresistibly and almost sudden I was painting. My first small gardens paintings were born.“

— Emil Nolde German artist 1867 - 1956
Quote of Nolde, 1906 in Jahre der Kämpfe (The years of struggles); as cited by Francesco Mazzaferro in 'The Diaries of Paul Klee' - Part Three: Klee as a Secessionist and a Neo-Impressionist Artist http://letteraturaartistica.blogspot.nl/2015/05/paul-klee-ev.html

Georgia O'Keeffe photo
Georgia O'Keeffe photo

„I hate flowers — I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move!“

— Georgia O'Keeffe American artist 1887 - 1986
quote in Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe, Laurie Lisle, Viking Press, New York, 1981, p. 180

Bram van Velde photo
Claude Monet photo

„Nothing in the whole world is of interest to me but my painting and my flowers.“

— Claude Monet French impressionist painter 1840 - 1926
his remark, shortly after the death of his second wife Alice in 1911; as quoted in: K.E. Sullivan Monet: Discovering Art, Brockhampton press, London (2004), p. 76

Yoko Ono photo
Patrick Rothfuss photo
Henry Miller photo

„Paint what you like and die happy“

— Henry Miller American novelist 1891 - 1980

„.. before I die I should like to bring two paintings to completion. What matters is to touch the limit, the essence of things.“

— Giorgio Morandi Italian painter 1890 - 1964
in an interview, Sept. 1939; as quoted in Morandi 1894 – 1964, ed: M. C. Bandera & R. Miracco, Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, 2008; p. 44