„If a man has not studied painting, or at any rate black and white drawing, his eyes are wild; learning to draw tames them. The first step towards taming the eyes is to teach them not to see too much.“

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„.. When I have made some drawings I see them immediately in front of my eyes, enlarged [and] in colors..“

—  Hendrik Werkman Dutch artist 1882 - 1945
version in original Dutch (origineel citaat van Hendrik Werkman, in het Nederlands): ..Als ik eenige teekeningen gemaakt heb zie ik ze ook direct in kleuren [en] vergroot voor me.. In a letter (nr. 356) to Bastiaan Kist, 9 Sept. 1943; as cited in H. N. Werkman - Leven & Werk - 1882-1945, ed. A. de Vries, J. van der Spek, D. Sijens, M. Jansen; WBooks, Groninger Museum / Stichting Werkman, 2015 (transl: Fons Heijnsbroek), p. 176

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„.. learn to draw: that's where most of you [Troyon's pupils] are falling down today.... draw with all your might; you can never learn to much. However, don't neglect painting, go to the country from time to time and make studies and above all develop them.“

—  Constant Troyon French painter 1810 - 1865
quoted by Monet, in his letter to Boudin, 1859; as quoted in Discovering Art, – The life time and work of the World's greatest Artists, MONET; K.E. Sullivan, Brockhamptonpress, London 2004, p. 11 Monet is quoting in his letter Troyon, who was a good friend of his first art-teacher Eugène Boudin in Le Havre

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„Every artist has thousands of bad drawings in them and the only way to get rid of them is to draw them out.“

—  Chuck Jones American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films 1912 - 2002

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„As the thought comes to me to exorcise and transform this black with a white drawing, it has already become a surface... Now I have lost all fear, and begin to draw on the black surface.“

—  Hans Arp Alsatian, sculptor, painter, poet and abstract artist 1886 - 1966
Hans Arp's quote on drawing on the black surface; as quoted in Search for the Real, Hans Hofmann, Addison Gallery of modern Art, 1948

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„Weissenbruch to Anton Mauve: He [ Vincent van Gogh ] is drawing damn well, I could paint after his studies.“

—  Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch Dutch painter of the Hague School (1824-1903) 1824 - 1903
version in original Dutch, Weissenbruch tegen Anton Mauve: Hij teekent verdomd goed, ik zou naar zijn studies kunnen werken. p. 44, note 1 a remark to Anton Mauve, who asked Weissenbruch to visit Vincent van Gogh and see his work

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„To draw, you must close your eyes and sing“

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

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„Do not say, "Draw the curtain that I may see the painting." The curtain is the painting.“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis Greek writer 1883 - 1957
Context: "I do not know whether behind appearances there lives and moves a secret essence superior to me. Nor do I ask; I do not care. I create phenomena in swarms, and paint with a full palette a gigantic and gaudy curtain before the abyss. Do not say, "Draw the curtain that I may see the painting." The curtain is the painting.

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David Hume photo

„Nature has pointed out a mixed kind of life as most suitable to the human race, and secretly admonished them to allow none of these biases to draw too much, so as to incapacitate them for other occupations and entertainments.“

—  David Hume Scottish philosopher, economist, and historian 1711 - 1776
Context: Nature has pointed out a mixed kind of life as most suitable to the human race, and secretly admonished them to allow none of these biases to draw too much, so as to incapacitate them for other occupations and entertainments. Indulge your passion for science, says she, but let your science be human, and such as may have a direct reference to action and society. Abstruse thought and profound researches I prohibit, and will severely punish, by the pensive melancholy which they introduce, by the endless uncertainty in which they involve you, and by the cold reception which your pretended discoveries shall meet with, when communicated. Be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man. Section 1 : Of The Different Species of Philosophy

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