Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, 1895-1927

By raising your soul above the vulgar life, you will find joys that few [...] know. You will have the second sight, that of inspiration.

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux,, 1827-1875

 

It was there, in Paris, between four walls that I washed my eyes, that I became a painter.

Marc Chagall, 1887-1985

 

Those who do not have a taste for the absolute are content with a quiet mediocrity.

You have to think, the eye is not enough.

Paul Cézanne, 1839-1906