„This is to show the world that I can paint like Titian.“

—  Wolfgang Pauli, Context: This is to show the world that I can paint like Titian. [A big drawing of a rectangle] Only technical details are missing. In a letter to George Gamow, 1958, commenting on Werner Heisenberg's claim to a journalist that Pauli and Heisenberg have found a unified field theory, "but the technical details were missing"; as quoted in Hyperspace : A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension (1995) by Michio Kaku, p. 137
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„What I always longed to do was to be able to paint like I can draw, most artists would tell you that, they would all like to paint like they can draw.“

—  David Hockney British artist 1937
From a series of interviews with Marco Livingstone (April 22 - May 7, 1980 and July 6 - 7, 1980) quoted in Livingstone's David Hockney (1981), p. 207

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„One has to seek Beauty and Truth, Sir! As I always say to my pupils, you have to work to the finish. There's only one kind of painting. It is the painting that presents the eye with perfection, the kind of beautiful and impeccable enamel you find in Veronese and Titian.“

—  William-Adolphe Bouguereau French painter 1825 - 1905
Bouguereau (1895); Attributed in: Jefferson C. Harrison (1986) French paintings from the Chrysler Museum. Chrysler Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, Ala.). p.45.

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„Let's face it, nobody could paint eyes like El Greco, and nobody can paint eyes like Walter Keane.“

—  Walter Keane American plagiarist 1915 - 2000
Referring to himself in the third person, page 39. Cited also in " The lady behind those Keane-eyed kids https://books.google.com/books?id=2FMEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA56," LIFE 69, no. 21 (20 November 1970), p. 56; by Amy M. Spindler, " Style; An Eye for an Eye http://www.nytimes.com/1999/05/23/magazine/style-an-eye-for-an-eye.html," The New York Times (23 May 1999); and by Jesse Hamlin, " Artist Margaret Keane hasn't lost wide-eyed enthusiasm for work http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Artist-Margaret-Keane-hasn-t-lost-wide-eyed-5955625.php," SFGate (14 Decembet 2014).

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„Painting can never show her nose in company with architecture without being snubbed.“

—  J.M.W. Turner British Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker 1775 - 1851
Quote c. 1840; as cited by by Vol. 1, (1860), p. 208; as quoted in The Life of J. M. W. Turner - Founded on Letters and Papers Furnished by His Friends and Fellow Academicians, Walter Thornbury; Cambridge University Press, 2013, p. 244 Turner's remark in the 1840's, when the new built Houses of Parliament in London were to be decorated with pictures

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„Idiots can do what I do. When I first started to do this [projecting photos on the canvas and painting them after having them traced in details with a piece of charcoal] in the 60's, people laughed. I clearly showed that I painted from photographs. It seemed so juvenile. The provocation was purely formal - that I was making paintings like photographs. Nobody asked about what was in the pictures. Nobody asked who my Aunt Marianne was. That didn't seem to be the point.“

—  Gerhard Richter German visual artist, born 1932 1932
Richter's aunt had been murdered by the Nazis in the name of euthanasia, a crime for which his father-in-law from his first marriage, a Nazi doctor named Heinrich Eufinger, had been partially responsible. Richter painted a portrait of his aunt in 1965, based on an old photo. It was called 'Tante Marianne' / 9Aunt Marianne).

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