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A person himself believes that all the other portraits are good likenesses except the one of himself.
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A strong bare arm, a powerful tanned neck, and a young woman leans her head on a swelling chest. I wanted to show this as I now saw it, but in a blue haze: both of them at the moment when they are not themselves, but only a link in the chain of a myriad generations.
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After all his literary efforts had come to nought and he had to wear dark glasses, he became an art critic.
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Ah, painting, that's quite a business.
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Almost everywhere the new Realism has come to the fore with its detailed treatment, smooth execution and small format.
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By painting colors and lines and forms seen in quickened mood I was seeking to make this mood vibrate as a phonograph does. This was the origin of the paintings in The Frieze of Life.
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Changes there must always be, but I believe this sort of art will change again soon. Perhaps the tendency toward a small format will decline?
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Death is pitch-dark, but colors are light. To be a painter, one must work with rays of light.
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Disease, insanity, and death were the angels that attended my cradle, and since then have followed me throughout my life.
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For as long as I can remember I have suffered from a deep feeling of anxiety which I have tried to express in my art.
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From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.
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I build a kind of wall between myself and t he model so that I can paint in peace behind it. Otherwise, she might say something that confuses and distracts me.
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I decided long ago not to print any more because I found that too many have been printed already.
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I find it difficult to imagine an afterlife, such as Christians, or at any rate many religious people, conceive it, believing that the conversations with relatives and friends interrupted here on earth will be continued in the hereafter.
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I have made the acquaintance of Kierkegaard, and there are some remarkable parallels. I understand now why my works have so often been compared with his.
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I have no fear of photography as long as it cannot be used in heaven and in hell.
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I have plans for a great work in text and pictures.
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I learned early about the misery and dangers of life, and about the afterlife, about the external punishment which awaited the children of sin in Hell.
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I mean the decorations to be an autonomous world of ideas, expressing both Norwegian qualities and human life generally.
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I painted the picture, and in the colors the rhythm of the music quivers. I painted the colors I saw.
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I should have considered it wrong to have finished the Frieze before the room for its accommodation and the funds for its completion were available.
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If I had to paint frescoes, I would attempt something new. It is just like watercolor painting. It always turns out differently from how one had imagined it.
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In common with Michelangelo and Rembrandt I am more interested in the line, its rise and fall, than in color.
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In my childhood I always felt that I was treated unjustly, without a mother, sick, and with the threat of punishment in Hell hanging over my head.
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It is no fun to grow old, neither is it to die. We have really no great choice.
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It is only now that I have succeeded in putting together what was left, so in some respects it has remained a torso.
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It was always my intention that The Frieze should be housed in a room which would provide a suitable architectural frame for it.
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Just wait until they have weathered a few showers of rain, a few scratches with nails, and have knocked about all over the world. The colors will either go together to perdition or to eternal life.
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Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye... it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.
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No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love.
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No more interiors should be painted, no people reading and women knitting. They should be living people who breathe, feel, suffer and love.
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Norway is a poor country. I would prefer to live in a big city.
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Oh, well. That will be alright when it has stood there for a while and has had time to mature.
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Oil-painting is a developed technique. Why go backwards?
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One can easily tell that the creator of the paintings in the Sistine Chapel was above all a sculptor.
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Painting picture by picture, I followed the impressions my eye took in at heightened moments. I painted only memories, adding nothing, no details that I did not see. Hence the simplicity of the paintings, their emptiness.
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Shall not art belong to everyone and find its way on to the wide walls of public buildings?
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Sickness, insanity and death were the angels that surrounded my cradle and they have followed me throughout my life.
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Some colors reconcile themselves to one another, others just clash.
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The colors live a remarkable life of their own after they have been applied to the canvas.
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The day of the workers is at hand.
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The Frieze is a poem of life, love and death.
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The Frieze of Life, that is the sorrow and the joy of the individual human seen from close at hand.
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The Man and Woman in a Forest is the picture of death as an aspect of life, the forest which sucks its nourishment from the dead, and the city that rises above the tree tops. It portrays the powerful forces that sustain our life.
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The neo-classical style of Hall and the style of my paintings have features in common, in particular simplicity, and they will go well together, although the pictures are Norwegian.
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The notes I have made are not a diary in the ordinary sense, but partly lengthy records of my spiritual experiences, and partly poems in prose.
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The paintings are moods, impressions of the life of the soul, and together they represent one aspect of the battle, between man and woman, that is called love.
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The rich man who gives, steals twice over. First he steals the money and then the hearts of men.
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The theme of Man and Woman in a Forest, showing two figures, is perhaps removed from the rest, but it is as necessary to The Frieze as a whole as a buckle to a belt.
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They have all been talking for years about frescoes. Books are being written about this. But why frescoes?
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This kind of painting with its large frames is a bourgeois drawing-room art. It is an art dealer's art-and that came in after the civil wars following the French Revolution.
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To die is as if one's eyes had been put out and one cannot see anything any more. Perhaps it is like being shut in a cellar. One is abandoned by all. They have slammed the door and are gone. One does not see anything and notices only the damp smell of putrefaction.
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When a band came down the street on a clear sunny day in spring, my mind was filled with festivity, spring, light; music became quivering joy, music painted the colors.
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When I paint a person, his enemies always find the portrait a good likeness.
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When it has developed a few slight flaws, it will be quite presentable.
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When will the history of the Bohemian period be written, and who is capable of writing it?
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Without anxiety and illness I should have been like a ship without a rudder.
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Your face encompasses the beauty of the whole earth. Your lips, as red as ripening fruit, gently part as if in pain. It is the smile of a corpse. Now the hand of death touches life. The chain is forged that links the thousand families that are dead to the thousand generations to come.
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Youth must go ahead and prosper. These young painters are all very talented people, but they all paint frescoes.
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