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AN EARLY DEGAS
THE DANCE OF THE FLOWERS
You must aim high, not in what you are going to do at some future date, but in what you are going to make yourself do today. Otherwise working is a waste of time.*
Before Edgar Degas (1834-1917) became a specialist in depicting dancers, his models often included members of his family as well as friends such as Madame Paul Valpincon, the possible subject for A Woman Seated Beside a Vase of Flowers. Although in this case, she seems overshadowed by one of the most beautiful bouquets in the history of art.
*The above quote is based on a remark to E. Rouart.
Decorate your favorite rooms with your own art gallery of flowers in Creative Routines at Home in Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.