Paris is a very graceful and beautiful city, almost too formal and sweet to the taste after the raw disorder of New York. Everything seems to have been planned with the purpose of forming a most harmonious whole…the people here in fact seem to live in the streets, which are alive from morning until night, not as they are in New York with that never-ending determination for the “long-green”, but with a pleasure-loving crowd that doesn’t care what it does or where it goes, so that it has a good time.
Partly through choice, I was never willing to hire out more than three days a week (making illustrations for magazines). I kept some time to do my own work. Illustrating was a depressing experience. And I didn’t get very good prices because I didn’t often do what they wanted.
The only quality that endures in art is a personal vision of the world. Methods are transient: personality is enduring.
Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world… …The inner life of a human being is a vast and varied realm.
Rooms by the Sea, 1951
Road in Maine, 1914
“If I could say it in words, there’d be no reason to paint.”
“More of me comes out when I improvise. ”
“No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination. ”
“The only real influence I’ve ever had was myself. ”
“Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.”
“All I ever wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.”
“So much of every art is an expression of the subconscious that it seems to me most of all the important qualities are put there unconsciously, and little of importance by the conscious intellect. But these are things for the psychologist to untangle.”
letter to Charles H. Sawyer, 29 October 1939