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'Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.'


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'In general it can be said that a nation's art is greatest when it most reflects the character of its people.'


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'In its most limited sense, modern, art would seem to concern itself only with the technical innovations of the period.'


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'The question of the value of nationality in art is perhaps unsolvable.'


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'The trend in some of the contemporary movements in art, but by no means all, seems to deny this ideal and to me appears to lead to a purely decorative conception of painting.'


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'It's to paint directly on the canvas without any funny business, as it were, and I use almost pure turpentine to start with, adding oil as I go along until the medium becomes pure oil. I use as little oil as I can possibly help, and that's my method.'


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'It's to paint directly on the canvas without any funny business, as it were, and I use almost pure turpentine to start with, adding oil as I go along until the medium becomes pure oil. I use as little oil as I can possibly help, and that's my method.'


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'No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.'


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'If the technical innovations of the Impressionists led merely to a more accurate representation of nature, it was perhaps of not much value in enlarging their powers of expression.'


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'My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature.'


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'Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely with life and nature's phenomena before it can again become great.'


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'There will be, I think, an attempt to grasp again the surprise and accidents of nature and a more intimate and sympathetic study of its moods, together with a renewed wonder and humility on the part of such as are still capable of these basic reactions.'


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'I trust Winsor and Newton and I paint directly upon it.'


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'I find in working always the disturbing intrusion of elements not a part of my most interested vision, and the inevitable obliteration and replacement of this vision by the work itself as it proceeds.'

 

 

 

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