Sonia Delaunay

For me there is no gap between my painting and my so-called ‘decorative’ work. I never considered the ‘minor arts’ to be artistically frustrating; on the contrary, it was an extension of my art.- Sonia Delaunay

Agnes Martin

“Summer 1964”; watercolor, ink and gouache on paper.CreditAgnes Martin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Courtesy Pace Gallery via NYT 2015

“Summer 1964”; watercolor, ink and gouache on paper.CreditAgnes Martin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Courtesy Pace Gallery via NYT 2015

People get what they need from a painting
The painter need not die because of responsibility
When you have inspiration and represent inspiration
The observer makes the painting
The painter has no responsibility to stimulate his needs
It is all an enormous process
No suffering necessary
All of it is only enlightening, this is life.

Alice Neel

1982 Georgie and Annemarie Oil on Canvas 35 x 50 inches / 88.9 x 127 cm Lieve Van Gorp Foundation for Women Artists, Antwerp

1982 Georgie and Annemarie
Oil on Canvas
35 x 50 inches / 88.9 x 127 cm
Lieve Van Gorp Foundation for Women Artists, Antwerp

It’s a privilege, you know, to paint and it takes up a lot of time and it means there’s a lot of things you don’t do. But still, with me, painting was more than a profession, it was also an obsession. I had to paint. -Alice Neel 
 

More about Alice on her website and in this film  https://www.aliceneelfilm.com