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" Among the seascapes, I am doing the regattas of Le Havre with many figures on the beach and the outer harbor covered with small sails. "
" For a long time, I have hoped for better days, but alas, today it is necessary for me to lose all hope. My poor wife suffers more and more. I do not think it is possible to be any weaker. "
" No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition. "
" Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. "
" I was definitely born under an evil star. I have just been thrown out of the inn where I was staying, naked as a worm. "
" My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature. "
" Eventually, my eyes were opened, and I really understood nature. I learned to love at the same time. "
" Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love. "
" It is extraordinary to see the sea; what a spectacle! She is so unfettered that one wonders whether it is possible that she again become calm. "
" People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love. "
" My life has been nothing but a failure. "
" I do have a dream, a painting, the baths of La Grenouillere for which I've done a few bad rough sketches, but it is a dream. Renoir, who has just spent two months here, also wants to do this painting. "
" I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. "
" I am working, but when one has ceased to do seascape, it is the devil afterward - very difficult; it changes at every instant, and here the weather varies several times in the same day. "
" I am installed in a fairylike place. I do not know where to poke my head; everything is superb, and I would like to do everything, so I use up and squander lots of color, for there are trials to be made. "
" I wear myself out and struggle with the sun. And what a sun here! It would be necessary to paint here with gold and gemstones. It is wonderful. "
" I have never had a studio, and I do not understand shutting oneself up in a room. To draw, yes; to paint, no. "
" I will do water - beautiful, blue water. "
" I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. "
" Try to forget what objects you have before you - a tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, 'Here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow,' and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you your own impression of the scene before you. "
" Etretat is becoming more and more amazing. Now is the real moment: the beach with all its fine boats; it is superb, and I am enraged not to be more skillful in rendering all this. I would need two hands and hundreds of canvases. "
" Finally here is a beautiful day, a superb sun like at Giverny. So I worked without stopping, for the tide at this moment is just as I need it for several motifs. This has bucked me up a bit. "
" I have always worked better alone and from my own impressions. "
" There, the grand lines of mountain and sea are admirable, and apart from the exotic vegetation that is here, Monte Carlo is certainly the most beautiful spot of the entire coast: the motifs there are more complete, more picturelike, and consequently easier to execute. "