„What pleases us about the older paintings is above all their pious simplicity... However, we do not want to become simple as many have done, but rather become pious and imitate their virtues.“

—  Caspar David Friedrich, Quote of Friedrich, in C. D. Eberlein, C. D. Friedrich Bekenntnisse, pp. 72-73; as cited by Linda Siegel in Caspar David Friedrich and the Age of German Romanticism, Boston Branden Press Publishers, 1978, p. 36 it is possible that Friedrich refers critically in the second part of his remark to the Nazarenes

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—  Lillian Hellman American dramatist and screenwriter 1905 - 1984
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—  Jozef Israëls Dutch painter 1824 - 1911
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„Do you know what I really need to make a well-finished painting? 2 years at Gérome or somebody like him, working in the studio.... because that is the only way to become a good painter. That whole business.. then a small watercolour than a little painting and finally when I have earned so much that I could study, I have become too old and too miserable. (translation from the original Dutch, Fons Heijnsbroek)“

—  George Hendrik Breitner Dutch painter and photographer 1857 - 1923
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—  Edward Hopper prominent American realist painter and printmaker 1882 - 1967
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'What is Pop Art? Answers from 8 Painters', Part 1, G. R. Swenson, in Art News 62, November 1963