I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have a light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
Quote by Henri Matisse
Exactitude is not truth.
An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner...
An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that...
Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor's direct carving.
With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within...
When I saw what a mess everything was in I asked for my money back...
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of...
He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back.
Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds...
It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
A picture must possess a real power to generate light [and] for a long time...
Those who work in a preconceived style, deliberately turning their backs on nature, miss the...
I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.
Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.
The emotions aren't always immediately subject to reason, but they are always immediately subject to...
Music is the shorthand of emotion.