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Claude Monet
(1840-1926) born on
Nov 14
French artist. He was an impressionist leader whose painting "Impression: Sunrise" gave group its name.
         
   
F
I am following Nature without being able to grasp her . . . . I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

R
No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.
A
I waited for the idea to consolidate, for the grouping and composition of themes to settle themselves in my brain. When I felt I held enough cards I determined to pass to action, and did so.
N
I would advise young artists . . . to paint as they can, as long as they can, without being afraid of painting badly . . . . If their painting doesn't improve by itself, it means that nothing can be done - and I wouldn't do anything!
K
The effect of sincerity is to give one's work the character of a protest. The painter being concerned only with conveying his impression, simply seeks to be himself and no one else.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "La Vie de Claude Monet," 1929 and "Monet," 1982.
R: Letter to Gustave Geffroy, in "Artists on Art: From the Fourteenth to the Twentieth Century," ed. Robert Goldwater and Marco Treves, 1945.
A: In "Monet," by William C. Seitz, 1983.
N: Letter to Gustave Geffroy, in "Artists on Art: From the Fourteenth to the Twentieth Century," ed. Robert Goldwater and Marco Treves, 1945.
K: In "Monet," by William C. Seitz, 1983.
   


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