Thomas Eakins Quotes

No man and least of all myself could ever disentangle the feelings that animated him.

I have never discovered that the nude could be studied in any way except the way I have adopted. All the muscles must be pointed out. To do this all the drapery must be removed.

Strain your brain more than your eye.

The big artist keeps an eye on nature and steals her tools.

The brush is a more powerful and rapid tool than the point or the stump... the main thing that the brush secures is the instant grasp of the grand construction of a figure.

A teacher can do very little for a pupil and should only be thankful if he don't hinder him and the greater the master mostly the less he can say.

How beautiful an old woman's skin is! All those wrinkles!

When you first commence painting everything is a muddle. Even the commonest colors seem to have the devil in them.

In mathematics the complicated things are reduced to simple things. So it is in painting.

Strain your brain more than your eye... You can copy a thing to a certain limit. Then you must use intellect.

Enthusiasm for one's goal lessens the disagreeableness of working toward it.

My honors are misunderstanding pesecution and neglect enhanced because unsought.