Oscar-Claude Monet was a French painter, a founder of French Impressionist painting and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein air landscape painting. Profoundly inspirational Claude Monet quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.
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Famous Claude Monet Quotes
Most people think I paint fast. I paint very slowly.
I despise the opinion of the press and the so-called critics.
I am only good at two things, and those are: gardening and painting.
I’m never finished with my paintings; the further I get, the more I seek the impossible and the more powerless I feel.
Colors pursue me like a constant worry. They even worry me in my sleep.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
No one but myself knows the anxiety I go through and the trouble I give myself to finish paintings which do not satisfy me and seem to please so very few others.
No, I’m not a great painter. Neither am I a great poet.
Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
Everything I have earned has gone into these gardens.
People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.
Inspirational Claude Monet Quotes
My work is always better when I am alone and follow my own impressions.
I am very depressed and deeply disgusted with painting. It is really a continual torture.
One can do something if one can see and understand it…
Never, even as a child, would I bend to a rule.
I am following Nature without being able to grasp her… I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.
It took me time to understand my waterlilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them.
My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.
I can only draw what I see.
It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.