„[to see the painting].. as an object, as a real thing in itself. (quote on his Flag-paintings)“

—  Jasper Johns, Quote from: Abstract Art, Anna Moszynska, Thames and Hudson 1990, p. 200
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„A painting is not made to be sniffed. [but viewed from a distance - see also Rembrandt's quote in his letter to Constantijn Huygens, Amsterdam, 27 Jan. 1639]“

—  Rembrandt van rijn Dutch 17th century painter and etcher 1606 - 1669
Statement attributed to Rembrandt in early biographies, as quoted in The Rise of the Cult of Rembrandt: Reinventing an Old Master in Nineteenth-Century France (2003) by Alison MacQueen One of the popular aphorisms about Rembrandt's paintings, drawn from his early biographies in early 19th century and repeatedly attributed to the artist by the French writers and artists [ https://books.google.nl/books?id=N0dVqAsR5k0C&pg=PA292&lpg=PA292&dq=The+Rise+of+the+Cult+of+Rembrandt:+Reinventing+an+Old+Master+in+Nineteenth-century+France&source=bl&ots=SgL2TN2Xct&sig=ZJuOkH35vmifBkzcu5ASLdLyhTI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjx17OkrpfVAhWKnBoKHQlxA0oQ6AEIVzAJ#v=onepage&q=The%20Rise%20of%20the%20Cult%20of%20Rembrandt%3A%20Reinventing%20an%20Old%20Master%20in%20Nineteenth-century%20France&f=false/The Rise of the Cult of Rembrandt: Reinventing an Old Master in Nineteenth-Century France, 2003,p. 287 ]

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„I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973

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„We speak of concrete and not abstract painting because nothing is more concrete, more real than a line, a colour, a surface. [quote of Van Doesburg, c. 1925]“

—  Theo van Doesburg Dutch architect, painter, draughtsman and writer 1883 - 1931
quoted in 'Abstract Art', Anna Moszynska, Thames and Hudson 1990, p. 107 Hans Arp used some years earlier already this new term: 'concrete art' as a rejection of the term 'abstract art'

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„[Painting is.. ] a kind of war between the moment and the pull of memory.(quote in 1959)“

—  Phillip Guston American artist 1913 - 1980
as quoted in Abstract Expressionism, David Anfam, Thames and Hudson Ltd London, 1990, p. 155

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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
Quoted in Brian Sherwin, "Art Space Talk: James Rosenquist," http://www.myartspace.com/blog/2008/04/art-space-talk-james-rosenquist.html myartspace.com (2008-04-04)

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