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Why should beauty be suspect? — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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My concern has always been to paint nudes as if they were some splendid fruit. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Berthe Morisot was a painter full of eighteenth-century delicacy and grace; in a word, the last elegant and 'feminine' artists since Fragonard. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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He bores me. He ought to have stuck to his flying machine.
[On Leonardo Da Vinci] — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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To get someone to pose, you have to be very good friends and above all speak the language. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I look at a nude. There are myriads of tiny tints. I must find the ones that will make the flesh on my canvas live and quiver. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion; it is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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The modern architect is, generally speaking, art's greatest enemy. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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-last words about painting, age 78 ...
I think I'm beginning to learn something about it. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I've been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Regularity, order, desire for perfection destroy art. Irregularity is the basis of all art. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I have a predilection for painting that lends joyousness to a wall. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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With a limited palette, the older painters could do just as well as today what they did was sounder. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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You don't talk about paintings, you look at them. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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The more they measure, the more they realize how much the Greeks departed from regular and banal lines in order to produce their effect. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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To express himself well, the artist should be hidden ... The trouble is that if an artist knows he has genius, he's done for. The only salvation is to work like a labourer, and not have delusions of grandeur. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I like a painting which makes me want to stroll in it. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I've spent my life making blunders. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I would never have taken up painting if women did not have breasts. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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One morning, one of us ran out of the black, it was the birth of Impressionism. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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The so-called 'discoveries' of the Impressionists could not have been unknown to the old masters; and if they made no use of them, it was because all great artists have renounced the use of effects. And in simplifying nature, they made it all the greater. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then [the painting] is finished. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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You haven't time to think about the composition. In working directly from nature, the painter ends up by simply aiming at an effect, and not composing the picture at all; and he soon becomes monotonous. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I have no rules and no methods ... no secrets. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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About 1883 something like a break occurred in my work. I had reached the end of 'impressionism,' and I had come to realize that I did not know how to paint or draw. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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It took me twenty years to discover painting: twenty years looking at nature, and above all, going to the Louvre. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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The most important element in a picture cannot be defined. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Be a good craftsman; it won't stop you from being a genius. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Paint with joy - with the same joy that you would make love to a woman. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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A painter who has the feel of breasts and buttocks is saved. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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There are quite enough unpleasant things in life without the need to manufacture more. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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It is not enough for a painter to be a clever craftsman; he must love to 'caress' his canvas, too. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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What seems most significant to me about our movement [Impressionism] is that we have freed painting from the importance of the subject. I am at liberty to paint flowers and call them flowers, without their needing to tell a story. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I consider that women who are authors, lawyers, and politicians are monsters. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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There's nothing more absurd than a connoisseur. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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It's with my brush that I make love. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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It is after you have lost your teeth that you can afford to buy steaks. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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An artist must eat sparingly and give up a normal way of life. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Go and see what others have produced, but never copy anything except nature. You would be trying to enter into a temperament that is not yours and nothing that you would do would have any character. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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The purpose of painting is to decorate the walls. Therefore it has to be as rich as possible — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I've never let one day go by without painting, or at least without drawing. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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There are two indices of genuine art: it is inimitable and it is ineffable. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I never think I have finished a nude until I think I could pinch it. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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They tell you that a tree is only a combination of chemical elements. I prefer to believe that God created it, and that it is inhabited by a nymph. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Shall I tell you what I think are the two qualities of a work of art? First, it must be indescribable, and second, it must be inimitable. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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With all their damned talk of modern painting, I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colours is black! — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I need to feel the excitement of life stirring around me, and I will always need to feel that. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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God, the king of artists, was clumsy. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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If it [dabbling in art] didn't amuse me, I beg you to believe that I wouldn't do it. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Photography freed painting from a lot of tiresome chores, starting with family portraits. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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It is impossible to repeat in one period what was done in another.The pointof view isnotthesame, anymorethan are the tools, the ideals, the needs, or the painters' techniques. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I want a red to be sonorous, to sound like a bell. If it doesn't turn out that way, I add more reds and other colors until I get it. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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On the whole, the modern palette is the same as the one used by the artists of Pompeii ... I mean it has not been enriched. The ancients used earths, ochres, and ivory-black - you can do anything with that palette. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I had wrung impressionism dry and I finally came to the conclusion that I know neither how to paint nor how to draw. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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If the professional schools should succeed in producing skilled workers trained in the technique of their craft, nothing could be done with them if they had no ideal. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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One can thus state, without fear of being wrong, that every truly artistic production has been conceived and executed according to the principle of irregularity. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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If you paint the leaf on a tree without using a model, your imagination will only supply you with a few leaves; but Nature offers you millions, all on the same tree. No two leaves are exactly the same. The artist who paints only what is in his mind must very soon repeat himself. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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What is to be done about these literary people, who will never understand that painting is a craft and that the material side comes first? The ideas come afterwards, when the picture is finished. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I'm still afflicted with the malady of research. I don't like what I do, and I paint it out, and paint it out again. I hope this mania will come to an end ... I'm like a child at school. The white page must always be evenly written and slap! bang! and there's a blot! I'm still blotting and I'm forty years old. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Do not think that it is possible to repeat another period. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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And if out of a million visitors there is even one to whom art means something, that is enough to justify museums. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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The simplest subjects are the immortal ones. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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How is it that in the so-called barbarian ages art was understood, whereas in our age of progress exactly the opposite is true? — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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The only reward one should offer an artist is to buy his work. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Progress in painting, there's no such thing! ... One day I went and changed the yellow on my palette. Well, the result was, I floundered for ten years! — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I have arrived more definitely than any other painter during his lifetime; honours shower upon me from every side; artists pay me compliments on my work; there are many people to whom my position must seem enviable ... . But I don't seem to have a single real friend! — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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The artist who uses the least of what is called imagination will be the greatest. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I arrange my subject as I want it, then I go ahead and paint it, like a child. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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There are some things in painting which cannot be explained, and that something is essential. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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There isn't a single person or landscape or subject which doesn't possess some interest, although it may not be immediately apparent. When a painter discovers this hidden treasure, other people are immediately struck by its beauty. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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White does not exist in nature. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Everybody has their reasons. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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What I like so much about Corot is that he can say everything with a bit of tree; and it was Corot himself that I found in the museum of Naples - in the simplicity of the work of Pompeii and the Egyptians. These priestesses in their silver-grey tunics are just like Corot's nymphs. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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The advantage of growing old is that you become aware of your mistakes more quickly. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Why shouldn't art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I've known painters who never did any good work because instead of painting their models they seduced them. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Religion is everywhere. It is in the mind, in the heart, in the love you put into what you do. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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People love to be nice, but you must give them the chance. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I just keep painting till I feel like pinching. Then I know it's right. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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People will keep on taking them for theorists, when all they wanted was to paint in gay, bright colours, like the old masters. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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If the painter works directly from nature, he ultimately looks for nothing but momentary effects; he does not try to compose, and soon he gets monotonous. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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A fat lot of good it would do if I told you that Titian's courtesans make you want to caress them. Some day you'll see the Titians for yourself, and if they have no effect on you, then you don't understand the first thing about painting. And I wouldn't be able to help you. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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To be an artist you must learn the laws of nature. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Nothing costs so little, goes so far, and accomplishes so much as a single act of merciful service. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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We are in a period of searchers rather than of creators. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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"The work of art must seize upon you ... carry you away." — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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I have a horror of the word 'flesh', which has become so shopworn.Why not 'meat'whilethey're about it? What I like is skin, a young girl's skin that is pink and shows that she has a good circulation. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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You've got to be a fool to want to stop the march of time. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Out-of-doors there is a greater variety of light than in the studio, where the light is always the same. But that is just the trouble; one is carried away by the light, and besides, one can't see what one is doing. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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In a few generations you can breed a racehorse. The recipe for making a man like Delacroix is less well known. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Art is about emotion; if art needs to be explained it is no longer art. — Pierre-Auguste Renoir