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If the picture needs varnishing later, I allow a restorer to do that, if there's any restoring necessary.
If I had the energy, I would have done it all over the county.
I use a retouching varnish which is made in France, Libert, and that's all the varnish I use.
I trust Winsor and Newton and I paint directly upon it.
I think that zinc white has a property of scaling and cracking.
I have tried to present my sensations in what is the most congenial and impressive form possible to me.
I find linseed oil and white lead the most satisfactory mediums.
I find in working always the disturbing intrusion of elements not a part of my most interested vision, and the inevitable obliteration and replacement of this vision by the work itself as it proceeds.
I believe that the great painters with their intellect as master have attempted to force this unwilling medium of paint and canvas into a record of their emotions.
Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.
After all, we are not French and never can be, and any attempt to be so is to deny our inheritance and to try to impose upon ourselves a character that can be nothing but a veneer upon the surface.
My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impression of nature.
If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.
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