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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
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"In order to define Art in connection with Industry I think it will be best to begin by trying to find out what Art is, and what is Industry. Art is as yet an unexplained expression of the human mind. Many lofty ęsthetic explanations have been given of it, but none has been quite satisfactory to my mind ... I know it is all a question of sentiment, and I know also how impossible it is to give an adequate description of a sentiment, so that I will not try to define it more precisely for fear of losing myself altogether."
 
"Now if you want to know what those Greeks and Romans looked like, whom you make your masters in language and thought, come to me. For I can show not only what I think but what I know. "
 
"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."
- Letter to his son Lucien, 21 May 1883
 
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