Henri Rousseau “Quotes”
Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.

Excuse my scribbling, it is late, and I have a poor candle.

I cannot now change my style, which I acquired, as you can imagine, by dint of labour.

It is often said that my heart is too open for my own good.

Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.


Henri Julien Félix Rousseau (May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910 was a French Post-Impressionist painter in the Naive or Primitive manner. He is also known as Le Douanier (the customs officer) after his place of employment. Ridiculed during his life, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality.

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Camille Pissarro “Quotes”
Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.

At fifty, that is in 1880, I formulated the idea of unity, without being able to render it. At sixty, I am beginning to see the possibility of rendering it.

Cover the canvas at the first go, then work at it until you see nothing more to add.

Don’t be afraid in nature: one must be bold, at the risk of having been deceived and making mistakes.

Everything is beautiful, all that matters is to be able to interpret.

God takes care of imbeciles, little children and artists.

I began to understand my sensations, to know what I wanted, at around the age of forty – but only vaguely.

I regard it as a waste of time to think only of selling: one forgets one’s art and exaggerates one’s value.

Observe that it is a great error to believe that all mediums of art are not closely tied to their time.

Paint the essential character of things.

When you do a thing with your whole soul and everything that is noble within you, you always find your counterpart.

Work at the same time on sky, water, branches, ground, keeping everything going on an equal basis… Don’t be afraid of putting on colour… Paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression.

I remember that, although I was full of fervour, I didn’t have the slightest inkling, even at forty, of the deeper side to the movement we were pursuing by instinct. It was in the air!

I sometimes have a horrible fear of turning up a canvas of mine. I’m always afraid of finding a monster in place of the precious jewels I thought I had put there!

It is absurd to look for perfection.

It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character.

Camille Pissarro Biography
Camille Pissarro (July 10, 1830 – November 13, 1903) was a French Impressionist painter. His importance resides not only in his visual contributions to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, but also in his patriarchal standing among his colleagues, particularly Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin.

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Color is a matter of taste and of sensitivity.

Black is not a color.

It is not enough to know your craft – you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more.

No one can be a painter unless he cares for painting above all else.

I need to work to feel well.

I would kiss you, had I the courage.

Insults are pouring down on me as thick as hail.

The attacks of which I have been the object have broken the spring of life in me… People don’t realize what it feels like to be constantly insulted.

There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.

There is only one true thing: instantly paint what you see. When you’ve got it, you’ve got it. When you haven’t, you begin again. All the rest is humbug.

This woman’s work is exceptional. Too bad she’s not a man.

You would hardly believe how difficult it is to place a figure alone on a canvas, and to concentrate all the interest on this single and universal figure and still keep it living and real.

Édouard Manet (French pronunciation: [edwaʁ manɛ]), 23 January 1832 – 30 April 1883), was a French painter. One of the first nineteenth century artists to approach modern-life subjects, he was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.

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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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Mary Stevenson Cassatt (May 22, 1844 – June 14, 1926) was an American painter and printmaker. She lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists. Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children.

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Mary Cassett Quotes
I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up.

I used to go and flatten my nose against that window and absorb all I could of his art. It changed my life. I saw art then as I wanted to see it.

Why do people so love to wander? I think the civilized parts of the world will suffice for me in the future.

There’s only one thing in life for a woman; it’s to be a mother…. A woman artist must be … capable of making primary sacrifices.

I am independent! I can live alone and I love to work.

I have touched with a sense of art some people –

they felt the love and the life. Can you offer me anything to compare to that joy for an artist?

If painting is no longer needed, it seems a pity that some of us are born into the world with such a passion for line and color.

Cezanne is one of the most liberal artists I have ever seen. He prefaces every remark with Pour moi it is so and so, but he grants that everyone may be as honest and as true to nature from their convictions; he doesn’t believe that everyone should see alike.

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Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.

I am following nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.

For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.

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Paul Cezanne | Homeschool Art Lesson Resources

Learn about the life and art of celebrated French artist and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cezanne. Start with the biography, and then click and print these fun curriculum resources.

Paul Cezanne was born in France. His father was a wealthy banker and he wanted his son to become a banker. He did not approve of Cezanne’s plan to become an artist, but he went on to Paris anyway. After a while, his father sent him a small allowance on which to live.

When he got to Paris, his paintings were so rough that none of the official art schools would admit him as a student. At first his paintings were done in dark colors, but Pissarro, another painter, encouraged him to paint out in the sunlight, and his paintings came alive with bright colors.

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Cezanne’s Apples and Oranges Online Jigsaw Puzzle
Try out this fantastic online jigsaw puzzle of Paul Cezanne’s Apples and Oranges. Apples and Oranges was painted in 1895-1900. The puzzle even allows you to rotate the pieces to make it a little more challenging for older students.

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Cezanne’s Apples and Oranges Coloring Page
Print the Apples and Oranges coloring page from EnchantedLearning.com. Right click to save the image to your desktop and then open it in a word document to print. EnchantedLearning.com provides you with printer friendly pages for a $20 per year membership fee, though the Apples and Oranges coloring page is free to print if you follow these instructions.

Apples and Oranges Coloring Page from EnchantedLearning.com – Children’s Educational Materials

Cezanne Crossword Puzzle
Print this crossword puzzle from GardenofPraise.com, and then review what you read about Paul Cezanne.

Paul Cezanne Crossword Puzzle on GardenofPraise.com – Educational Resources for Kids


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