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Mr Whistler has always spelt art with a capital T.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) on James McNeil Whistler
My dear Leighton, why do you ever begin yours?
James McNeil Whistler on Frederic Leighton
My dear Whistler, you leave your pictures in such a sketchy, unfinished state. Why don't you ever finish them?
Frederic Leighton (1830-96), British painter, on James McNeil Whistler (1834-1903)
Of course we all know that Morris was a wonderful all-round man, but the act of walking round him has always tired me.
Max Beerbohm (1872-1956) on William Morris (1834-96)
Rembrandt is not to be compared in the painting of character with our extraordinarily gifted English artist, Mr Rippingille.
John Hunt, 19th-century art critic, on Rembrandt (1606-69)
Rossetti is not a painter. Rossetti is a ladies maid.
James McNeill Whistler, American painter, on Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82), British poet and painter
Shockingly mad, madder than ever, quite mad.
Horace Walpole (1717-97), British letter writer and memoirist, on Henry Fuseli (1741 -1825), Swiss-born British artist
The properties of his figures are sometimes such as might be corrected by a common sign painter.
William Hogarth (1697-1764), British painter, satirist and engraver, on Antonio Correggio, 16th-century Italian painter
There is one thing on earth more terrible than English music and that is English painting.
Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), German poet and essayist
This is not amusing, it is dismaying and disheartening. The other day, someone attributed to me the statement that 'the human race was nearing insanity'. I never said that but if anyone is trying to convince me that this is 'modern art', and that it is representative of our time, I would be obliged to think that statement is true.
Kenyon Cox, American critic, in Harper's Weekly (1913) on Henri Matisse's painting The Red Studio'
To the service of the most wildly eccentric thoughts, he brings the acerbity of a bigot... his mental temperament is that of the first Spanish Grand Inquisitor. He is a Tbrquemada of aesthetics... he would burn alive the critic who disagrees with him.
Max Nordau (1849-1923) on John Ruskin
What is art? Prostitution.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-67)
Who is this chap? He drinks, he's dirty, and I know there are women in the background.
Lord Montgomery (1887-1976), on Augustus John (1878-1961)

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