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Letter "J" » John Singer Sargent Quotes
«You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.»
«Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.»
«I have now got a bombproof shelter [the Continent] into which I retire when I sniff the coming portrait or its trajectory.»
«A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.»
«Color is an inborn gift, but appreciation of value is merely training of the eye, which everyone ought to be able to acquire.»
«I don't dig beneath the surface for things that don't appear before my own eyes.»
«I do not judge, I only chronicle.»
«I hate to paint portraits! I hope never to paint another portrait in my life. Portraiture may be all right for a man in his youth, but after forty I believe that manual dexterity deserts one, and, besides, the color-sense is less acute. Youth can better stand the exactions of a personal kind that are inseparable from portraiture. I have had enough of it.»
«Mine is the horny hand of toil.»