Above all, he encourages her to paint, nodding with approval at even her most unusual experiments with color, light, rough brushwork […]. She explains to him that she believes painting should reflect nature and life […]. He nods, although he adds cautiously that he wouldn’t want her to know too much about life ~ nature is a fine subject, but life is grimmer than she can understand. He thinks it is good for her to have something satisfying to do at home; he loves art himself; he sees her gift and wants her to be happy. He knows the charming Morisots. He has met the Manets, and always remarks that they are a good family, despite Édouard’s reputation and his immoral experiments (he paints loose women), which make him perhaps too modern ~ a shame, given his obvious talent.
In fact, Yves takes her to many galleries. They attend the Salon every year, with nearly a million other people, and listen to the gossip about favorite canvases and those critics disdain. Occasionally they stroll in the museums in the Louvre, where she sees art students copying paintings and sculpture, even an unchaperoned woman here and there (surely Americans). She can’t quite bring herself to admire nudes in his presence, certainly not the heroic males; she knows she will never paint from a nude model herself. Her own formal training was in the private studios of an academican, copying from plaster casts with her mother present, before she married.
~ Elizabeth Kostova, The Swan Thieves
I wish I were a white crayon, that way no one could use me. ~Author Unknown
Blue is the colour to choose when creativity is a priority. People are less literal and more exploratory with blue… Blue is open, free, and peaceful. (Dr. Juliet Zhu)
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