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Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones
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"I mean by a picture, a beautiful romantic dream of something that never was, never will be - in a better light than any light that ever shone - in a land that no-one can define or remember, only desire - and the forms divinely beautiful."

"I mean by a picture, a beautiful romantic dream of something that never was, never will be - in a better light than any light that ever shone - in a land that no-one can define or remember, only desire - and the forms divinely beautiful."
 
"I was two and twenty, and had never met, or ever seen, a painter in all my life. I knew no-one who had ever seen one or been in a studio, and of all men that lived on earth, the one that I wanted to see was Rossetti."
 
"Only this is true, that beauty is very beautiful, and softens, and inspires, and rouses, and lifts up, and never fails."
 
"There is no doubt about your gift, one day you will most asuredly paint very great and beautiful pictures...All [these drawings] are full of thought, poetry and imagination. Nature has given you every gift which is necessary to become a great artist. I seldome or never advise anyone to take up art as a profession, but in your case I can do nothing else. "
- On seeing Aubrey Beardsley's drawings
 
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