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    The thicker you paint, the more it flows.
    — John Singer Sargent
    Impressionism' was the name given to a certain form of observation when Monet, not content with using his eyes to see what things were or what they looked like as everybody had done before him, turned his attention to noting what took place on his own retina (as an oculist would test his own vision).
    — John Singer Sargent
    tags: eyes  attention 
     
    Mine is the horny hand of toil.
    — John Singer Sargent
    The habit of breaking up one's colour to make it brilliant dates from further back than Impressionism - Couture advocates it in a little book called 'Causeries d'Atelier' written about 1860 - it is part of the technique of Impressionism but used for quite a different reason.
    — John Singer Sargent
    tags: book 
     
    Make the best of an emergency.
    — John Singer Sargent
    No small dabs of colour - you want plenty of paint to paint with.
    — John Singer Sargent
    A person with normal eyesight would have nothing to know in the way of 'Impressionism' unless he were in a blinding light or in the dusk or dark.
    — John Singer Sargent
    tags: people  dark 
     
    I don't dig beneath the surface for things that don't appear before my own eyes.
    — John Singer Sargent
    tags: eyes 
     
    It is certain that at certain times talent entirely overcomes thought or poetry.
    — John Singer Sargent
    tags: time  thoughts  talent  poetry 
     
    A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth.
    — John Singer Sargent
    tags: right 
     
    Color is an inborn gift, but appreciation of value is merely training of the eye, which everyone ought to be able to acquire.
    — John Singer Sargent
    tags: value  eyes  appreciation  gift 
     
    I hate to paint portraits! I hope never to paint another portrait in my life. Portraiture may be all right for a man in his youth, but after forty I believe that manual dexterity deserts one, and, besides, the color-sense is less acute. Youth can better stand the exactions of a personal kind that are inseparable from portraiture. I have had enough of it.
    — John Singer Sargent
    tags: men  youth  personal  believe  hate  right  hope 
     
    Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
    — John Singer Sargent
    tags: time  friends 
     
    If you begin with the middle-tone and work up from it toward the darks so that you deal last with your highest lights and darkest darks, you avoid false accents.
    — John Singer Sargent
    tags: work  dark 
     
    You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.
    — John Singer Sargent
    tags: curiosity 
     
    Cultivate an ever continuous power of observation. Wherever you are, be always ready to make slight notes of postures, groups and incidents. Store up in the mind... a continuous stream of observations from which to make selections later. Above all things get abroad, see the sunlight and everything that is to be seen.
    — John Singer Sargent
    tags: power  mind 
     
    An artist painting a picture should have at his side a man with a club to hit him over the head when the picture is finished.
    — John Singer Sargent
    tags: men  artist  painting 
     
    A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.
    — John Singer Sargent
    tags: wrong  painting 
     
    I do not judge, I only chronicle.
    — John Singer Sargent
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