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Édouard Manet’s quotes on art, color, lines, imagination, sound, belief, paint, men, vision, work, etc.

25 Notable Quotes By Édouard Manet

Famous As: Artist

Born On: January 23, 1832

Died On: April 30, 1883

Born In: Paris, France

Died At Age: 51

Édouard Manet was a French painter whose paintings depicted everyday life of the city people. He played a major role in the transition of Realism into Impressionism and was one of the first modern painters of the 19th century. Manet was born in a bourgeoisie Parisian household in 1832. After studying art for 6 years, he opened his own studio. His most famous work till date remains to be ‘The Luncheon on the Grass,’ which was finished and exhibited in 1863. Some of his other famous works include ‘Olympia’ (1865), ‘The Spanish Singer’ (1865), ‘Boating’ (1974), ‘The Grand Canal of Venice’ (1875), ‘House in Rueil’ (1882), and ‘Still Life, Lilac Bouquet’ (1883). Manet’s studio was partially destroyed during the siege of Paris but fortunately an art dealer bought everything for 50,000 francs. We have curated Manet’s quotes on art, color, lines, imagination, sound, belief, paint, men, vision, work, etc.

There's no symmetry in nature. One eye is never exactly the same as the other. There's always a difference. We all have a more or less crooked nose and an irregular mouth.

Édouard Manet

There is only one true thing: instantly paint what you see. When you've got it, you've got it. When you haven't, you begin again. All the rest is humbug.

Édouard Manet

There is only one true thing: Instantly paint what you see.

Édouard Manet

There is no symmetry in nature. One eye is never exactly the same as the other.

Édouard Manet

There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.

Édouard Manet

The principal person in a picture is light.

Édouard Manet

The latest fashion… is absolutely necessary for a painting. It’s what matters most.

Édouard Manet

The country only has charms for those not obliged to stay there.

Édouard Manet

The attacks of which I have been the object have broken the spring of life in me... People don't realize what it feels like to be constantly insulted.

Édouard Manet

One must be of one's time and paint what one sees.

Édouard Manet

No one can be a painter unless he cares for painting above all else.

Édouard Manet

It is not enough to know your craft - you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more.

Édouard Manet

Insults are pouring down on me as thick as hail.

Édouard Manet

If I'm lucky, when I paint, first my patrons leave the room, then my dealers, and if I'm really lucky I leave too.

Édouard Manet

I would kiss you, had I the courage.

Édouard Manet

I paint what I see and not what others like to see.

Édouard Manet

I paint as I feel like painting; to hell with all their studies.

Édouard Manet

I need to work to feel well.

Édouard Manet

Every new painting is like throwing myself into the water without knowing how to swim.

Édouard Manet

Concision in art is a necessity and an elegance. The verbose painter bores: who will get rid of all these trimmings?

Édouard Manet

Conciseness in art is essential and a refinement. The concise man makes one think; the verbose bores. Always work towards conciseness.

Édouard Manet

Color is a matter of taste and sensitivity.

Édouard Manet

Black is not a color.

Édouard Manet

Above all, keep your colors fresh!

Édouard Manet

In a face, look for the main light and the main shadow; the rest will come naturally — it's often not important. And then you must cultivate your memory, because Nature will only provide you with references. Nature is like a warden in a lunatic asylum. It stops you from becoming banal.

Édouard Manet