Thomas A. Alspaugh

Arthur Conan Doyle

I will endeavour, in my statement, to avoid such terms as would serve to limit the events to any particular place, or give a clue to the people concerned.

The Adventure of the Three Students, 1904, ¶1

Alberto Giacometti

One starts by seeing the person who poses, but little by little all the possible sculptures of him intervene.

Quoted in James Lord, Giacometti: A Biography. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1985

Reynolds Price

… the same perilous and incessantly demanding transaction that we conduct by the moment with our nearest kin and loved ones. What do you mean? How have I failed you? What do you demand of me?

Reynolds Price, Three Gospels. Scribner, 1996, p.24

Pierre-August Renoir

At the start I see my subject in a sort of haze. I know perfectly well that what I shall see in it later is there all the time, but it only becomes apparent after a while. Sometimes it is the most important things that come out last.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, quoted by Jean Renoir in Renoir, My Father. Translated by Randolph and Dorothy Weaver. New York Review of Books, 2001, p.188.

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