„When you paint Spring, do not paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots, but just paint Spring. To paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots is to paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots - it is not yet painting Spring.“

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

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„I do not paint by copying nature. Everything I do springs from my wild imagination.“

—  Paul Gauguin French Post-Impressionist artist 1848 - 1903
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„Paint what you feel. Paint what you see. Paint what is real to you.“

—  Robert Henri American painter 1865 - 1929
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„It is the act of painting, not the finished painting.“

—  Georges Braque French painter and sculptor 1882 - 1963
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„Do not say, "Draw the curtain that I may see the painting." The curtain is the painting.“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis, livro The Saviors of God
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„Just start, your palette will help you. (if you worried about a painting or dread to start painting“

—  Johannes Warnardus Bilders painter from the Northern Netherlands 1811 - 1890
posthumous quotes, version in original Dutch: Begin maar, je palet helpt je wel voort. (als je tobde over een schilderij of ertegenop zag om te beginnen) Quoted by Maria Bilders-van Bosse, in her letter to A.C. Loffelt, 23 June 1895; from an excerpt of this letter https://rkd.nl/nl/explore/excerpts/763 in RKD-Archive, The Hague his usual reaction if you worried about a painting or dread to start painting

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„The best spot painting you can have by me is one painted by Rachel.“

—  Damien Hirst artist 1965
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„Painting is silent poetry, and poetry painting that speaks.“

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„Paintings are memories. Memories of the painter who painted them. Memories that can be shared as well. Paintings are things to remember things by.“

—  James Rosenquist American artist 1933 - 2017
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