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Quotes by William Morris - (19 quotes)

William Morris Hunt - From the Advice category:

Don't talk of what you are 'going to do!' Do it! (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris Hunt - From the Beauty category:

Elaboration is not beauty, and sand-paper never finished a piece of bad work. (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris Hunt - From the Children category:

Children should learn to draw as they learn to write, and such a mystery should not be made of it. They should be encouraged, not flattered... then [later in life] double the effort is required to get the facility which might have been gained insensibly. (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris Hunt - From the Colour category:

Give up the idea of 'color' for awhile! Consider masses - values, only... One dark and one light place in every picture. (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris Hunt - From the Difficulty category:

It's no easy matter to paint a background. I venture to say that the old painters had more difficulty with their grounds than with their figures. You know the story of Vandyke brought to Rubens with this recommendation: 'He already knows how to paint a background.' 'That is more than I can do!' was the reply. (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris Hunt - From the Drawing category:

You can always draw as well as you know how to. I flatter myself that I feel more than I express on canvas; but I know that is not so. (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris Hunt - From the Imagination category:

Imagination comes in after we have experience. (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris Hunt - From the Lines category:

Compare constantly, lines and angles... Hold looking-glass before your model and your drawing. Take a second's glance only, and see if the impression be the same. If it be not, ask, 'What is the difference?' (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris Hunt - From the Masters category:

You can't do a fine thing without having seen fine examples. (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris Hunt - From the Nature category:

Nature is economical. She puts her lights and darks only where she needs them. Don't try to be more skillful than she is! (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris Hunt - From the Realism category:

-b.1824 d.1879...
You are to draw not reality, but the appearance of reality! (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris Hunt - From the Simplicity category:

Strive for simplicity! Don't have the face a checkerboard of tints! Use such colors as nature uses, but not try to keep them distinct! Your work may be called monotonous, but one tone is better than many which do not harmonize. (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris Hunt - From the Strength category:

There is force and vitality in a first sketch from life which the after-work rarely has... In your sketches keep the first vivid impression! Add no details that shall weaken it! Look first for the big things! 1st. Proportions! 2nd. Values - or masses of light and shade. 3rd. Details that will not spoil the beginnings! (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris Hunt - From the Time category:

Believe that time is going to help you do what you want. (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris Hunt - From the Values category:

It's impossible to make a picture without values. Values are the basis. If they are not, tell me what is the basis. (William Morris Hunt)

William Morris - From the Art category:

I do not want Art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few. (William Morris)

William Morris - From the Environment category:

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. (William Morris)

William Morris - From the Joy category:

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor. (William Morris)

William Morris - From the Work category:

Nothing should be made by man's labour which is not worth making or which must be made by labour degrading to the makers. (William Morris)