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I was born undisciplineable. No one was ever able to make me stick to the rules, not even in my youngest days.

Claude Monet by Himself Claude Monet, 1900

Excerpts from Growing Pains: The Autobiography of Emily Carr Emily Carr, 1946

His appearance is notable because of his bushy beard ... believing as he does that complete freedom to produce must be granted to the innovator whose thought is elevated toward the beautiful and the good.

Henri Rousseau — Autobiography Henri Rousseau, 1895

I remember being awakened one morning by voices in the room where I slept.

Memories of Childhood in Gréville-Hague Jean-François Millet, 1881

The town was on fire, the quarter where the poor Jews lived. They carried the bed and the mattress, the mother and the babe at her feet, to a safe place at the other end of town. But, first of all, I was born dead.

My Life - Marc Chagall Autobiography: Chapter 1 Marc Chagall, 1922

Whoever wants to know something about me - as an artist which alone is significant - they should look attentively at my pictures...

On Fear and Self Portraits Gustav Klimt, 1900

I used to say: “What is naked is chaste, what is naked is beautiful,” and I didn’t know what it was. Now, I know it and I like it; alas! why must it not be chaste? and why must attractive delights of necessity be indecent?

On Fra Angelico, Chastity and Desire Maurice Denis, 1886

My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts

The Autobiography of Charles Darwin Charles Darwin, 1887

Suddenly an immense wave rose up like a raging mountain, caught the vessel and carried it towards the beach.

The Shipwrecks Jean-François Millet, 1881

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