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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.
What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.

No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters.
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.
One must do the same subject over again ten times, a hundred times. In art nothing must resemble an accident, not even movement.
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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