Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas

Style: Impressionism, Realism

Lived: July 19, 1834 - September 27, 1917 (19th - 20th century)

Nationality: France

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.

Nothing in art should seem accidental, not even movement.

A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.

No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and study of the great masters.

I really have a lot of stuff in my head; if only there were insurance companies for that as there are for so many things.

Art is vice. You don't marry it legitimately, you rape it.

It is very good to copy what one sees; it is much better to draw what you can't see any more but is in your memory. It is a transformation in which imagination and memory work together. You only reproduce what struck you, that is to say the necessary.

How awful it is not being able to see clearly any more! I have had to give up drawing and painting and for years now content myself with sculpture ... But if my eyesight continues to dim I won't even be able to model any more. What will I do with my days then?

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.

Everyone has talent at 25. The difficulty is to have it at 50.

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

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