Beauty in art is truth bathed in an impression received from nature. I am struck upon seeing a certain place. While I strive for conscientious imitation, I yet never for an instant lose the emotion that has taken hold of me.
Never lose the first impression which has moved you.
Don't imitate, don't follow the others, or else you will lag behind them.
I hope with all my heart there will be painting in heaven.
Reality is one part of art; feeling completes it... Before any site and any object, abandon yourself to your first impression. If you have really been touched, you will convey to others the sincerity of your emotion.
Art is nature as seen through a temperament.