James Whistler Quotes

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James Whistler Quotes

If the man who paints only the tree, or flower, or other surface he sees before him were an artist, the king of artists would be the photographer. It is for the artist to do something beyond this.
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Work alone will efface the footsteps of work.

— James Whistler

I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.

— James Whistler

To say of a picture, as is often said in its praise, that it shows great and earnest labour, is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view.

— James Whistler

Hang on the walls of your mind the memory of your successes. Take counsel of your strength, not your weakness. Think of the good jobs you have done. Think of the times when you rose above your average level of performance and carried out an idea or a dream or a desire for which you had deeply longed. Hang these pictures on the walls of your mind and look at them as you travel the roadway of life.

— James Whistler

I always ask at once, 'Do you drink?' and if she says 'No,' I bow politely and say I am sorry but I fear she will not suit. All good cooks drink.

— James Whistler

If the man who paints only the tree, or flower, or other surface he sees before him were an artist, the king of artists would be the photographer. It is for the artist to do something beyond this.

— James Whistler

Paint should not be applied thick. It should be like a breath on the surface of a pane of glass.

— James Whistler

It is for the artist ... in portrait painting to put on canvas something more than the face the model wears for that one day; to paint the man, in short, as well as his features.

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Nature is usually wrong.

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People will forgive anything but beauty and talent. So I am doubly unpardonable.

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If silicon had been a gas I should have been a major-general.

— James Whistler

Frederic Leighton to James McNeill Whistler: 'My dear Whistler, you leave your pictures in such a sketchy, unfinished state. Why don't you ever finish them?' James McNeill Whistler to Frederic Leighton: 'My dear Leighton, why do you ever begin yours?

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A picture is finished when all trace of the means used to bring about the end has disappeared.

— James Whistler

Art is limited to the infinite, and beginning there cannot progress.

— James Whistler

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