Edgar Degas

1834 - 1917

A Quote by Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas

It is all very well to copy what you see, but it is better to draw what you see in your mind. Then your memory and imagination are freed from the tyranny imposed by nature.

Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)

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A Quote by Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas on imagination and memory

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.

Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)

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A Quote by Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas on art, reflection, spontaneity, and study

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

Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)

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A Quote by Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas on accidents and art

One must do the same subject over again ten times, a hundred times. In art nothing must resemble an accident, not even movement.

Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)

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A Quote by Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas on conversation and understanding

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

Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)

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A Quote by Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas on art, death, and success

I always suspect an artist who is successful before he is dead.

Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)

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A Quote by Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas on difficulty and talent

Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.

Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)

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A Quote by Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas on good

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

Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)

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A Quote by Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas on ideas and painting

In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.

Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917)

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