„It gives my brain a rest, painting flowers. I don't feel the same tension as when I have a model in front of me. When I paint flowers, I put on colours and try out values boldly, without worrying about wasting a canvas. I wouldn't dare to do it with a figure; I'd be afraid of spoiling the whole thing. And the experience I gain this way is then applied to my pictures.“
— Pierre-Auguste Renoir French painter and sculptor 1841 - 1919
undated quotes, p. 196 : quote on painting flowers, to art-buyer George Riviere, who was watching a flower still-life of Renoir.