„For me, a painting must be a pleasant thing, joyous and pretty - yes, pretty. There are too many unpleasant things in life for us to fabricate still more.“
— Pierre-Auguste Renoir French painter and sculptor 1841 - 1919
As quoted in: Faber Birren (1965) History of color in painting: with new principles of color expression. p. 284-5
To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.
As quoted in Luncheon of the Boating Party (2007) by Susan Vreeland