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 “The canvases of [Henri] Fantin-Latour … must be looked at for a length of time in order to penetrate them, and their conscientiousness, their simple truth—you take these in entirely, and then you return.”

– Emile Zola, French writer on the topic of French painter Henri Fantin-Latour


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Georgia O’Keeffe, painter, on the topic of painter Henri Fantin-Latour:

The Fantin-Latour flower, small, subtle, and exquisite, was the product of an earlier time and quieter sensibility. “I realized that were I to paint the same flowers so small, no one would look at them because I was unknown. So I thought I’ll make them big like the huge buildings going up. People will be startled – They’ll have to look at them and they did.”
Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life  (page 278)

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