Though the artist must remain master of his craft, the surface, at times raised to the highest pitch of loveliness, should transmit to the beholder the sensation which possessed the artist.
What beauty is, I know not, though it adheres to many things.
Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love...
To mention only contemporaries, Delacroix, Corot, Millet, Rousseau, Courbet are masters. And finally I like all those painters who loved and had a strong feeling for nature.
The animation of the canvas is one of the hardest problems of painting.
The motif must always be set down in a simple way, easily grasped and understood by the beholder. By the elimination of superfluous detail, the spectator should be led along the road that the artist indicates to him, and from the first be made to notice what the artist has felt.