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PAINTING
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[ Also see Art Artists Caricature Occupations Painters Pictures ]

I will say of it,
  It tutors nature. Artificial strife
    Lives in these touches, livelier than life.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Poet at I, i)

Painting is welcome.
  The painting is almost the natural man;
    For since dishonor traffics with man's nature
      He is but outside; these pencilled figures are
        Even such as they give out.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Timon at I, i)

(Timon:) Wrought he not well that painted it?
  (Apemantus:) He wrought better that made the painter, and yet he's but a filthy piece of work.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Timon & Apemantus at I, i)

What find I here?
  Fair Portia's counterfeit! What demigod
    Hath come so near creation? Move these eyes?
      Or whether, riding on the balls of mine,
        Seem they in motion?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

With hue like that when some great painter dips
  His pencil in the gloom of earthquake and eclipse.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Revolt of Islam
         (canto V, st. 23)

Painting is silent poetry, poetry is eloquent painting.
      - Simonides of Ceos

Stothard learned the art of combining colors by closely studying butterflies wings; he would often say that no one knew what he owed to these tiny insects. A burnt stick and a barn door served Wilkie in lieu of pencil and canvas.
      - Samuel Smiles

I have very often lamented and hinted my sorrow, in several speculations, that the art of painting is made so little use of to the improvement of manners. When we consider that it places the action of the person represented in the most agreeable aspect imaginable,--that it does not only express the passion or concern as it sits upon him who is drawn, but has under those features the height of the painter's imagination,--what strong images of virtue and humanity might we not expect would be instilled into the mind from the labors of the pencil!
      - Sir Richard Steele

There is no such thing as a dumb poet or a handless painter. The essence of an artist is that he should be articulate.
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne,
        Essays and Studies--Matthew Arnold's New Poems

But who can paint
  Like nature? Can Imagination boast,
    Amid its gay creation, hues like hers?
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Spring
         (l. 465)

The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen.
      - Paul Valery

They dropped into the yolk of an egg the milk that flows from the leaf of a young fig-tree, with which, instead of water, gum or gumdragant, they mixed their last layer of colours.
      - Horace (Horatio) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford,
        Anecdotes of Painting (vol. I, ch. II)

I would I were a painter, for the sake
  Of a sweet picture, and of her who led,
    A fitting guide, with reverential tread,
      Into that mountain mystery.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, Mountain Pictures
         (no. 2)


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