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Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917)


Known as Edgar Degas, was a French painter, printmaker and sculptor.
Edgar Degas
Forain s'était construit un hôtel, et fil installer le téléphone presque nouveau. Il voulut d'abord "épater" Degas. Il l'invite ? dîner, previent un compere, qui, pendant le dîner, appelle Forain ? l'appareil. Quelque mots échangé, Forain revient. Degas lui dit: "C'est ça le téléphone? On vous sonne et vous y allez."
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Art is vice. One does not wed it, one rapes it.
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Your pictures would have been finished a long time ago if I were not forced every day to do something to earn money.




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A man is an artist only at certain moments, by an effort of will. Objects have the same appearance for everybody.
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I, marry? Oh, I could never bring myself to do it. I would have been in mortal misery all my life for fear my wife might say, "That's a pretty little thing," after I had finished a picture.
Edgar Degas quotes
Be sure to give the same expression to a person's face that you give to his body.
Edgar Degas
With what is he concerned? Drawing was at its lowest ebb; it had to be restored. Looking at these nudes, I exclaim, "Drawing has come back again!"
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All Paris knew him as a fighter, a recluse, guarding his privacy with cruel, crushing words. The habitués of the Paris boulevards defended themselves against his scorn by accusing him of insincerity. "Degas," they said, "would like to see his reflection in a boulevard window in order to give himself the satisfaction of breaking the plate-glass with his cane."
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Painting is not very difficult when you don't know how; but when you know, oh! then, it's another matter.
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Drawing is not what you see but what you must make others see.
Edgar Degas
He was an avid collector of both old and new art; in his sixties he purchased two Gauguins, and when pushing eighty he remarked with some admiration of Cubism that "it seems even more difficult than painting."




Edgar Degas quotes
I have often heard Degas say that in painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.
Edgar Degas
The museums are here to teach the history of art and something more as well, for, if they stimulate in the weak a desire to imitate, they furnish the strong with the means of their emancipation.
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Comme nous avons mal fait de nous laisser appeler Impressionistes.
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It isn't ideas I'm short of..I've got too many (on discussing poetry with Mallarme,who replied)'Degas ,you can't make a poem with ideas-you make it with words;
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Hitherto the nude has always been represented in poses which presuppose an audience; but these women of mine are honest, simple folk, unconcerned by any other interests than those involved in their physical condition. Here is another; she is washing her feet. It is as if you looked through a key-hole.
Edgar Degas
Une peinture, c'est d'abord un produit de l'imagination de l'artiste, ce ne doit jamais ?tre une copie. Si, ensuite, on peut y ajouter deux ou trois accents de nature, evidemment ca ne fait pas de mal.
Edgar Degas quotes
People call me the painter of dancing girls. It has never occurred to them that my chief interest in dancers lies in rendering movement and painting pretty clothes.
Edgar Degas
It requires courage to make a frontal attack on nature through the broad planes and the large lines and it is cowardly to do it by the facets and details. It is a battle.
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The air you breathe in a picture is not necessarily the same as the air out of doors.


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