Envy of the artist

Degas once said of Manet,”Everything he does he always hits off straight away, while I take endless pains and never get it right.”

John Williams reviews Sebastian Smee’s The Art of Rivalry  

(from here)

The uglier, older, meaner, iller, poorer I get, the more I wish to take my revenge by doing brilliant colour, well arranged, resplendent.

– Vincent van Gogh to his sister Willemien around September 14, 1888 (letter 678)

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