You must aim high, not in what you are going to do at some future date, but in what you are going to make yourself do to-day. Otherwise, working is just a waste of time.

— Edgar Degas

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A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy.

When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.


Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.


Conversation in real life is full of half-finished sentences and overlapping talk. Why shouldn't painting be too?

Edgar Degas quote Art is not what you see, but what you ma

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.


If I could have had my own way, I would have confined myself to black and white.


Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.


You have to have a high conception, not of what you are doing, but of what you may do one day: without that, there's no point in working.


Muses work all day long and then at night get together and dance.


And even this heart of mine has something artificial.

The dancers have sewn it into a bag of pink satin, pink satin slightly faded, like their dancing shoes.


Great patience is called for on the hard path that I have entered on.


Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.


If painting weren't so difficult, it wouldn't be fun.


Daylight is too easy. What I want is difficult - the atmosphere of lamps and moonlight.


About Edgar Degas

Quotes 97 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Artist
Birthday October 16

Art' is the same word as 'artifice,' that is to say, something deceitful.

It must succeed in giving the impression of nature by false means.


The frame is the pimp of painting; it enhances it, but it must never shine at the painting's expense.


Truth is never ugly when one can find in it what one needs.


Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.


Work a great deal at evening effects, lamplight, candlelight, etc.

The intriguing thing is not to show the source of the light but the effect of the lighting.


One must have a high opinion of a work of art - not the work one is creating at the moment, but of that which one desires to achieve one day. Without this it is not worthwhile working.


The Dance instills in you something that sets you apart. Something heroic and remote.


What a horrible thing yellow is.


A picture is an artificial work, outside nature.

It calls for as much cunning as the commission of a crime.


The museums are here to teach the history of art and something more as well, for, if they stimulate in the weak a desire to imitate, they furnish the strong with the means of their emancipation.


I feel as a horse must feel when the beautiful cup is given to the jockey.


Only two of my personalities are schizophrenic, but one of them is paranoid and the other one is out to get him. Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.


Taste! It doesn't exist. An artist makes beautiful things without being aware of it.


Art critic! Is that a profession? When I think we are stupid enough, we painters, to solicit those people's compliments and to put ourselves into their hands! What shame! Should we even accept that they talk about our work?


I felt so insufficiently equipped, so unprepared, so weak, and at the same time it seemed to me that my reflections on art were correct. I quarreled with all the world and with myself.


What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.


the moods of sadness that come over anyone who takes up art.

.. these dismal moods have very little compensation.


There are some women who should barely be spoken to; they should only be caressed.


Make portraits of people in typical, familiar poses, being sure above all to give their faces the same kind of expression as their bodies.


Women can never forgive me; they hate me, they feel that I am disarming them. I show them without their coquetry.


People call me the painter of dancers, but I really wish to capture movement itself.


Drawing is your understanding of form.


There is too much talk and gossip; pictures are apparently made, like stock-market prices, by competition of people eager for profits... All this traffic sharpens our intelligence and falsifies our judgment.


I frequently lock myself in my studio.

I do not often see the people I love, and in the end I shall suffer for it... painting is one's private life.


A picture is a thing which requires as much knavery, as much malice, and as much vice as the perpetration of a crime. Make it untrue and add an accent of truth.


The fascinating thing, is not to show the source of light, but the effect of light.


The secret is to follow the advice the masters give you in their works while doing something different from them.


I don't admit that a woman draws that well!


Art is really a battle.


One reproduces only that which is striking;

that is to say, the necessary. Thus, one's recollections and inventions are liberated from the tyranny which nature exerts.


It seems to me that today if the artist wishes to be serious.

.. he must once more sink himself in solitude.


Even in front of nature one must compose.


There is a kind of success that is indistinguishable from panic.


Once they witnessed one of his painting sold at auction for $100,000.

And asked how you do it, he said, 'I feel as a horse must feel when the beautiful cup is given to the jockey.'


I put it [picture "A still life of a pear" by Edouard Manet] there [on the wall, next to the picture "Jupiter and Thetis" by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres], for a pear like that would overthrow any god.


I'm glad I haven't found my style yet. I'd be bored to death.


My art, what do you want to say about it? Do you think you can explain the merits of a picture to those who do not see them? . . . I can find the best and clearest words to explain my meaning, and I have spoken to the most intelligent people about art, and they have not understood; but among people who understand, words are not necessary, you say humph, he, ha and everything has been said.

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