„A fresh river in a beautiful meadow
Imagined in his mind
The good Painter, who would some day paint it“

—  Jeff VanderMeer, "The Transformation of Martin Lake", epigram, p. 130
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—  Leopold Stokowski British conductor 1882 - 1977
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—  Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946

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—  James Rosenquist American artist 1933
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—  John Constable English Romantic painter 1776 - 1837
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„[Bai Juyi] utilized Confucianism to order his conduct, utilized Buddhism to cleanse his mind, and then utilized history, paintings, mountains, rivers, wine, music and song to soothe his spirit.“

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—  Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
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