Edgar Degas “Quotes” | French Impressionist

June 7, 2009

Edgar Degas “Quotes”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Edgar Degas was born in Paris France on July 19, 1834 to Augustin De Gas, a banker, and Célestine Musson De Gas. He was the oldest of five children. Degas began to paint as a young boy. By the time he had turned eighteen he had turned his bedroom into an artist’s studio. Soon after that he registered to be an art copyist at the Louvre museum in Paris.

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