Tuesday, August 30, 2011


A skillful but short-lived decorator.

—Edward Degas on Claude Monet

Claude Monet, Japanese Footbridge (1899)

Still Life With a Bull's Head--my little granddaughter of six could do as well.

—Norman Rockwell on Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, Still Life With a Bull's Head (1958)

Don't talk to me of Gauguin. I'd like to wring the fellow's neck.

—Paul Cézanne on Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin, Aha oe Feii? ( Are You Jealous? 1892) 

I began a happening in New York by announcing in front of 3000 spectators that Cézanne was a catastrophe of awkwardness--a painter of decrepit structures of the past. I was applauded, principally because nobody knew who Cézanne was.

—Salvador Dali on Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne, Still Life With a Curtain (1885)

He was a good man but he didn't know how to paint.

—El Greco on Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti, Sistine Chapel Detail (1508-1512)

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