Best Quotes by Edgar Degas (Top 10)

  1. Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
  2. Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.
  3. I want to be famous but unknown!
  4. A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people
  5. Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
  6. No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters.
  7. Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
  8. 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.
  9. My art, what do you want to say about it? Do you think you can explain the merits of a picture to those who do not see them? . . . I can find the best and clearest words to explain my meaning, and I have spoken to the most intelligent people about art, and they have not understood; but among people who understand, words are not necessary, you say humph, he, ha and everything has been said.
  10. C'est vrai. Voilテδ。 quelqu'un qui sent comme moi. (It is true. There is someone who feels as I do).

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