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JAMES MCNEILL WHISTLER
[1834 – 1903] American painter
If the man who paints only the tree, or flower, or other surface he sees before him were an artist, the king of artists would be the photographer. It is for the artist to do something beyond this. - James McNeill Whistler

To say of a picture, as is often said in its praise, that it shows great and earnest labour, is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view. - James McNeill Whistler

The imitator is a poor kind of creature. If the man who paints only the face, or flower, or other surface he sees before him were an artist, the king of artists would be the photographer. - James McNeill Whistler - [1878] - cited in: "Pictorial Photography in Britain 1900 – 1920", exhibition catalogue, Arts Council of Great Britain in association with The Royal Photographic Society, London 1978, p. 17

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