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Artist regarded as the most important French Painter and Artist of the 20th century, 1869-1954
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The only valid thing in art is the one thing that cannot be explained, to explain away the mystery of a great painting would do irreplaceable harm, for whenever you explain or define something you substitute the explanation or the definition for the”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that it will grow better.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“There are wonderful things in real jazz, the talent for improvisation, the liveliness, the being at one with the audience.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have a light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Jazz is rhythm and meaning.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking of a tightrope.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“When I saw what a mess everything was in I asked for my money back on the ticket. I would have felt I was deserting. If everyone of any value leaves France, what will remain of France?”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“A distinction is made between painters who work directly from nature and those who work purely from imagination. Personally, I think neither of these methods must be preferred to the exclusion of the other. Both may be used in turn by the same indivi”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“I don't know whether I believe in God or not. I think, really, I'm some sort of Buddhist. But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame of mind which is close to that of prayer.”

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