Edouard Vuillard was a thinker.
"Nothing is important save the spiritual state that enables one to subjectify one’s thoughts to a sensation and to think only of the sensation, all the while searching to express it."
…with a wonderful feeling for colour and light.
Durer’s study of a man aged 93. I remember the exact moment I saw this drawing in the Vienna Albertina years ago. An experience you never forget. I recall the emotion, the wonder and the awe. What an incredible human being Durer must have been.
Go and see what others have produced, but never copy anything except nature. You would be trying to enter into a temperament that is not yours and nothing that you would do would have any character.
Wise words from old Renoir. Copy and study from the Old Masters certainly. But take what you learnt and create from within you. Then you own it.