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Type: Critic
Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 04/21/1828
Date of Death: 05/03/1893


 

Hippolyte Taine Quotes > The man who would be a...

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The man who would be a painter must be capable of losing himself in viewing the rich consonance of red and green, in watching the diminution of light as it is transformed into darkness, and in detecting the subtle hues of silks and satins, which according to their breaks, recesses and depths of fold, assume opaline tints, vague luminous gleams and imperceptible shades of blue.
Hippolyte Taine

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