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And those who paint 'em truest praise 'em most.
- Joseph Addison, The Campaign (last line)
A double task to paint the finest features of the mind, and to most subtle and mysterious things give color, strength, and motion.
- Mark Akenside
The love of gain never made a painter; but it has marred many.
- Washington Allston
The painter who is content with the praise of the world in respect to what does not satisfy himself is not an artist, but an artisan; for though his reward be only praise, his pay is that of a mechanic.
- Washington Allston
If we could but paint with the hand as we see with the eye!
- Honore de Balzac
The first merit of pictures is the effect which they can produce upon the mind; and the first step of a sensible man should be to receive involuntary effects from them. Pleasure and inspiration first, analysis afterward.
- Henry Ward Beecher
As certain as the Correggiosity of Correggio.
- Augustine Birrell, Obiter Dicta--Emerson
Painters and poets have liberty to lie.
- Robert Burns
From the mingled strength of shade and light
A new creation rises to my sight,
Such heav'nly figures from his pencil flow,
So warm with light his blended colors glow.
. . . .
The glowing portraits, fresh from life, that bring
Home to our hearts the truth from which they spring.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Monody on the Death of the Rt. Hon. R.B. Sheridan
If they could forget for a moment the correggiosity of Correggio and the learned babble of the sale-room and varnishing Auctioneer.
- Thomas Carlyle, Frederick the Great
(bk. IV, ch. III)
A picture is an intermediate something between a thought and a thing.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
He that would be a master must draw from the life as well as copy from originals, and join theory and experience together.
- Jeremy Collier
A picture is a poem without words.
- Confucius, Anet. ad Her. (4, 28)
Thank God, I too am a painter!
- Antonio Allegri da Correggio
Blest be the art that can immortalize,--the art that baffles time's tyrannic claim to quench it.
- William Cowper
Paint me as I am. If you leave out the scars and wrinkles, I will not pay you a shilling.
- Oliver Cromwell,
Remark to the Painter, Lely
The emperor one day took up a pencil which fell from the hand of Titian, who was then drawing his picture; and upon the compliment which Titian made him on that occasion he said, "Titian deserves to be served by Caesar."
- John Dryden
Hard features every bungler can command:
To draw true beauty shows a master's hand.
- John Dryden, To Mr. Lee, on his Alexander
Style in painting is the same as in writing,--a power over materials, whether words or colors.
- James Ellis
The mind paints before the brush.
- James Ellis
The masters painted for joy, and knew not that virtue had gone out of them. They could not paint the like in cold blood. The masters of English lyric wrote their songs so. It was a fine efflorescence of fine powers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Pictures must not be too picturesque.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Of Art
"Paint me as I am," said Cromwell,
"Rough with age and gashed with wars;
Show my visage as you find it,
Less than truth my soul abhors."
- James Thomas Fields,
On a Portrait of Cromwell
A flattering painter, who made it his care
To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are.
- Oliver Goldsmith, Retaliation (l. 63)
The art of painting does not proceed so much by intelligence as by sight and feeling and invention.
- Philip Gilbert Hamerton
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