"To me my works of art are all vividly alive. They're the embodiment of whoever created them - a mirror of their creator's hopes, dreams and, yes, frustrations too. They've led eventful lives - pampered by aristocracy and pillaged by revolution, courted with ardour and cold-bloodedly abandoned. They've been honoured by drawing-rooms and humbled by attics. So many worlds in their lifespan, yet all were transitory! What stories they could tell, what sights they must have seen! Their worlds have long since disintegrated, yet they live on - and for the most part as beautiful as ever."
J. Paul Getty