Meet the Masters

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  • Pablo Picasso

    Pablo Picasso

    Spanish, 1881–1973
    "Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it?"
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  • Henri Matisse

    Henri Matisse

    French, 1869–1954
    "I don't paint things; I only paint the difference between things."
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  • Constantin Brancusi

    Constantin Brancusi

    French, b. Romania, 1876–1957
    "What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things..."
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  • Piet Mondrian

    Piet Mondrian

    Dutch, 1872–1944
    "Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and color and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture."
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  • Fernand Leger

    Fernand Léger

    French, 1881–1955
    "The object in modern painting must become the main character and overthrow the subject."
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  • Marcel DuChamp

    Marcel Duchamp

    American, b. France, 1881–1968
    "I am interested in ideas, not merely in visual products."
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  • Giorgio de Chirico

    Giorgio de Chirico

    Italian, b. Greece, 1888–1978
    "To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits..."
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  • Joan Miro

    Joan Miró

    Spanish, 1893–1983
    "I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music."
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  • Alexander Calder

    Alexander Calder

    American, 1898–1976
    "The universe is real but you can't see it. You have to imagine it. Once you imagine it, you can be realistic about reproducing it."
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  • Romare Bearden

    Romare Bearden

    American, 1911-1988
    "Practically all great artists accept the influence of others."
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  • Louise Bourgeois

    Louise Bourgeois

    American, b. France, 1911-2010
    "Art is manipulation without intervention."
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  • Jackson Pollock

    Jackson Pollock

    American, 1912–1956
    "It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said."
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  • Jasper Johns

    Jasper Johns

    American, b. 1930
    "Sometimes I see it and then paint it. Other times I paint it and then see it. Both are impure situations, and I prefer neither."
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  • Andy Warhol

    Andy Warhol

    American, 1928–1987
    "Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?"
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