Edgar Degas Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old edgar degas quotes, edgar degas sayings, and edgar degas proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.     

Edgar Degas

There is no such thing as Intelligence; one has intelligence of this or that. One must have intelligence only for what one is doing.     

Edgar Degas

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.     

Edgar Degas

In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.     

Edgar Degas

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.     

Edgar Degas

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.     

Edgar Degas

Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression. A species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.     

Edgar Degas

Drawing is not the same as form, it is a way of seeing form.     

Edgar Degas

Drawing is not what one sees but what one can make others see.     

Edgar Degas

Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.     

Edgar Degas

Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.     

Edgar Degas

Realism is more important than the sentiment of the picture.     

Edgar Degas

The frame is the reward of the artist.     

Edgar Degas

The frame is the pimp of painting; it enhances it, but it must never shine at the painting's expense.     

Edgar Degas

It is people's movement that consoles us. If the leaves of a tree did not move, how sad would be the tree and so should we.     

Edgar Degas

It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.     

Edgar Degas

The fascinating thing, is not to show the source of light, but the effect of light.     

Edgar Degas

You must aim high, not in what you are going to do at some future date, but in what you are going to make yourself do to-day. Otherwise, working is just a waste of time.     

Edgar Degas

What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.     

Edgar Degas

The fascinating thing, is not to show the source of light, but the effect of light.     

Edgar Degas

The air we see in the paintings of the old masters is never the air we breathe.     

Edgar Degas