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Quotation by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
The foreground in a picture is always unattractive ... Art demands that the interest of the canvas should be placed in the far distance, where lies take refuge, those dreams which blossom out of fact and are man's only love.
Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894–1961), French author. the narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, p. 70 (1932, trans. 1934, repr. 1966).
Voicing the opinions of landscape painter Claude Lorraine.
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