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Creativity takes courage.
– Henri Matisse
My curves are not crazy.
I wouldn’t mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.
It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color – not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression.
I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.
Work cures everything.
Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that it will grow better.
I have been no more than a medium, as it were.
An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language.
Exactitude is not truth.
With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.
Time extracts various values from a painter’s work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is.
Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I’ve been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light.
Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
In love, the one who runs away is the winner.
He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back.
You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.
It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.