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Camille Corot
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"Be guided by feeling alone. We are only simple mortals, subject to error; so listen to the advice of others, but follow only what you understand and can unite in your own feeling. Be firm, be meek, but follow your own convictions. It is better to be nothing than an echo of other painters. The wise man has said: When one follows another, one is always behind."
- from Corot's Notebooks, ~1856

"Be guided by feeling alone. We are only simple mortals, subject to error; so listen to the advice of others, but follow only what you understand and can unite in your own feeling. Be firm, be meek, but follow your own convictions. It is better to be nothing than an echo of other painters. The wise man has said: When one follows another, one is always behind."
- from Corot's Notebooks, ~1856
 
"Whatever is finished at one sitting is fresher, better drawn, and profits from many lucky accidents, while when one re-touches this initial harmonious glow is lost."
- from Corot's Notebooks, ~1828
 
"Draw every evening."
 
"I am never in a hurry to reach details. First and above all I am interested in the large masses and the general character of a picture; when these are well established, then I try for subtleties of form and color."
 
"Reality is one part of art; feeling completes it."
 
"Beauty in art consists of truth, imbued with the impression we recieved from the contemplation of nature... whatever this site, whatever the object, the artist must submit to his first impression."
 
"Art is nature as seen through a temperament."
 
"Don't imitate, don't follow the others, or else you will lag behind them. "
 
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