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Claude Monet
Quotations



"I envelope."

"Everybody discusses [my art] and pretends to understand... when it is simply necessary to love."
 
"Suddenly a veil was torn away...My destiny as a painter opened out to me."
 
"Pictures aren't made of doctrine ."
- Referring to Impressionism's "rules"
 
"I envelope."
 
"I am more and more driven by the need to render that which I feel."
 
"I didn't become an impressionist. As long as I can remember I always have been one."
 
"I still donít know where I am going to sleep tomorrow. "
 
"Impressionism is only direct sensation. All great painters were less or more impressionists. It is mainly a question of instinct, and much simpler than [John Singer] Sargent thinks."
 
"What can be said about a man who is interested in nothing but his painting? Itís a pity if a man can only interest himself in one thing. But I canít do any thing else. I have only one interest."
 
"The further I go, the sorrier I am about how little I know: it is this that bothers me the most. "
 
"When it is dark, it seems to me as if I were dying, and I can't think any more. "
 
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