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Edgar Degas
(1834-1917) born on
Jul 19
French artist. He was an impressionist noted for his paintings of ballet dancers and cafe life.
         
   
F
What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.

R
No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters.
A
It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.
N
One must do the same subject over again ten times, a hundred times. In art nothing must resemble an accident, not even movement.
K
Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: 31 Jan 1892, in "Degas Letters," Appendix, ed. by Marcel Guerin, 1947.
R: "The Notebooks of Edgar Degas," 1976.
A: "The Notebooks of Edgar Degas," 1976.
N: "The Notebooks of Edgar Degas," 1976.
K: "The Notebooks of Edgar Degas," 1976.
   


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