Edgar Degas Quotes

Edgar Degas quotes on creativity and creating

“Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.”
Edgar Degas

“I want to be famous but unknown!”
Edgar Degas

“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people”
Edgar Degas

“I want to be famous but unknown!”
Edgar Degas

“And even this heart of mine has something artificial. The dancers have sewn it into a bag of pink satin, pink satin slightly faded, like their dancing shoes.”
Edgar Degas

“We were created to look at one another, weren’t we” ― Edgar Degas

Make a drawing. Start it all over again, trace it. Start it and trace it again. ― Edgar Degas

“I have seen some very beautiful things through my anger, and what consoles me a little, is that through my anger I do not stop looking…”
Edgar Degas

“Muses work all day long and then at night get together and dance…”
Edgar Degas

A picture is, first of all, a product of the imagination of the artist; it must never be a copy. ― Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas quotes on art

For those who don’t know what they are doing, painting is easy. For those who do know what they are doing, painting is difficult. ― Edgar Degas

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”
Edgar Degas

“Art isn’t something you marry. It’s something you rape.”
Edgar Degas

“Art is vice. You don’t wed it, you rape it.”
Edgar Degas

One must do the same subject over again ten times, a hundred times. In art nothing must resemble an accident, not even movement. ― Edgar Degas

Your pictures would have been finished a long time ago if I were not forced every day to do something to earn money. ― Edgar Degas

The true traveler never arrives. ― Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas quotes on being an artist

If I could have had my own way, I would have confined myself to black and white. ― Edgar Degas

Great patience is called for on the hard path that I have entered on. ― Edgar Degas

A man is an artist only at certain moments, by an effort of will. Objects have the same appearance for everybody. ― Edgar Degas

No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters. ― Edgar Degas

Make a drawing. Start it all over again, trace it. Start it and trace it again. ― Edgar Degas

We were created to look at one another, weren’t we.― Edgar Degas

There is love, and there is work; and we have only one heart. ― Edgar Degas

Short Edgar Degas Biography

Born July 19, 1834, in Paris, France, Edgar Degas was a French sculptor and painter. and widely celebrated for his images of Parisian life.