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El Greco

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Definition Spanish painter (born in Greece) remembered for his religious works characterized by elongated human forms and dramatic use of color (1541-1614)
  • Correctness is all very well: El Greco made his people eight feet high because he wanted to express something he couldn't get any other way.'
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I see it as a night scene by El Greco: a hundred houses, at once conventional and grotesque, crouching under a sullen, overhanging sky and a lustreless moon.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He has the length and leanness and luminous pallor efface that El Greco gave to his saints.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • His collection of El Greco is, I believe, quite the best in Spain.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • It's a picture that El Greco painted of the city he loved, and it's truer than any photograph.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • El Greco was the painter of Toledo.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The pictures of El Greco explained them, and they explained the pictures.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • "Damn El Greco,' said Lawson, "what's the good of jawing about a man when we haven't a chance of seeing any of his work?'
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • If your French priest had a discerning eye, now, and were sent to this Vicarate, he might keep my El Greco in mind.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • The greatest portrait painters have painted both, man and the intention of his soul; Rembrandt and El Greco; it's only the second-raters who've only painted man.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I have an idea that when first El Greco came to the city it was by such a night, and it made so vehement an impression upon him that he could never get away from it.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • He wanted to see the pictures which he knew only from photographs; he felt deeply that El Greco held a secret of peculiar moment to him; and he fancied that in Toledo he would surely find it out.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • He stayed there three months, and he was returned with a name new to the young men: he had wonderful things to say of a painter called El Greco, who it appeared could only be studied in Toledo.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • But not at all; the hairy Franciscan pounced upon one of the best in the collection; a young St. Francis in meditation, by El Greco, and the model for the saint was one of the very handsome Dukes of Albuquerque.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • He saw himself lingering in Cordova on the bridge that spanned the Gaudalquivir; he wandered through tortuous streets in Toledo and sat in churches where he wrung from El Greco the secret which he felt the mysterious painter held for him.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • El Greco was the painter of the soul; and these gentlemen, wan and wasted, not by exhaustion but by restraint, with their tortured minds, seem to walk unaware of the beauty of the world; for their eyes look only in their hearts, and they are dazzled by the glory of the unseen.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Athelny spoke of the mystical writers of Spain, of Teresa de Avila, San Juan de la Cruz, Fray Luis de Leon; in all of them was that passion for the unseen which Philip felt in the pictures of El Greco: they seemed to have the power to touch the incorporeal and see the invisible.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • "Do you know El Greco?' he asked.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage

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