Self-portrait (Degas au porte-fusain), 1855
|Born||Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas
19 July 1834
|Died||27 September 1917
|Known for||Painting, sculpture, drawing|
|Notable work||The Bellelli Family (1858â€“1867)
Woman with Chrysanthemums (1865)
Chanteuse de CafÃ© (c.1878)
At the Milliner’s (1882)
Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.
It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.
No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters.
What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.
Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
One must do the same subject over again ten times, a hundred times. In art nothing must resemble an accident, not even movement.