Pierre-Auguste Renoir
[Artist, b. 1841, Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France, d. 1919, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.]

 Photography freed painting from a lot of tiresome chores, starting with family portraits. 

Gustave Flaubert
[Writer, b. 1821, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France, d. 1880, Rouen, France.]

 PHOTOGRAPHY Will make painting obsolete. (See DAGUERREOTYPE.) (From “The Dictionary of Received Ideas,” assembled from notes Flaubert made in the 1870s.) 

Brassaï (Gyula Halász)
[Photographer, b. 1889, Brassó, Transylvania, Hungary (now Romania), d. 1984, Eze, Alpes-Maritimes, France.]

 Photography is the very conscience of painting. It constantly reminds the latter of what it must not do. 

Man Ray (Emanuel Radnitsky)
[Artist, b. 1890, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1976, Paris.]

 Painting is directed by the heart through the eye. Photography is directed by the mind through the eye. But desire and love for the subject direct both mediums. 

John Berger
[Writer and critic, b. 1926, London, d. 2017, Paris.]

 What served in the place of the photograph, before the camera’s invention? The expected answer is the engraving, the drawing, the painting. The more revealing answer might be: memory. 

Man Ray (Emanuel Radnitsky)
[Artist, b. 1890, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, d. 1976, Paris.]

 ...isn’t it astonishing that a hundred years after the invention of photography, painters still persist in doing something which requires so much hard work and perseverance and could be done better and more quickly with a Kodak. 

Gerhard Richter
[Artist, b. 1932, Dresden, lives in Düsseldorf.]

 All photographs are far more important than any painting. 

Paul Delaroche
[Artist, b. 1797, Paris, d. 1856, Paris.]

 From today painting is dead. (Attributed, 1839) 
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