The question of the value of nationality in art is perhaps unsolvable.
More of me comes out when I improvise.
If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.
What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.
After all, we are not French and never can be, and any attempt to be so is to deny our inheritance and to try to impose upon ourselves a character that can be nothing but a veneer upon the surface.
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.
There is a sort of elation about sunlight on the upper part of a house.
Maybe I am not very human - what I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.
In general it can be said that a nation's art is greatest when it most reflects the character of its people.
Painting will have to deal more fully and less obliquely with life and nature's phenomena before it can again become great.
No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.
My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature.
I have tried to present my sensations in what is the most congenial and impressive form possible to me.
The only real influence I've ever had was myself.
I trust Winsor and Newton and I paint directly upon it.
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