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Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting at his studio, 1915. (video)

During this period, Renoir worked in constant pain due to severe rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that left him unable to walk, with a permanently clenched hand, and near-paralyzed. When asked by Henri Matisse why he kept painting, Renoir replied, “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”

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"I am doing a portrait of Mother for myself. I cannot stand the colorless photograph, and I am trying to do one in a harmony of color, as I see her in my memory." -Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother

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I waited for this.

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"toska [tohs-kah]"

- (noun) A Russian word – “Vladmir Nabokov describes it best: ‘No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody or something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.’” (via wordsnquotes)

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"I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort—and disappointment and perseverance."

- Vincent Van Gogh (via wordsalreadyspoken)

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