"It's interesting to trace the curve of an artist's personal 'pilgrimage'--so as to reveal its human costs and consequences... its more poignant human dimensions. This is not to reduce art to human frailties... but to restore some sense of the human struggle by which it rises into being."

Mark Spilka

"You know, you have only one idea, you are born with it and all your life you develop your fixed idea, you make it breathe."

Henri Matisse as quoted by Andre Marchand

"Here is a country where light plays the leading role, colour comes second; it's with colour that you put down this light of course, but above all you must feel this light, have it within yourself; you can get there by means which seem completely paradoxical, but who cares?"

Henri Matisse as quoted by Andre Marchand

"I suppose that my paintings might be called fantasies starting with the wisp of an idea, but I do try to capture the spirit of nature. I can see it in my mind's eye."

William Thon

Monet Refuses the Operation

"Doctor, you say there are no haloes/around the streetlights in Paris/and what I see is an aberration/caused by old age, an affliction./I tell you it has taken me all my life/to arrive at the vision of gas lamps as angels..."

Lisa Mueller