Those who work in a preconceived style, deliberately turning their backs on nature, miss the truth. An artist must recognize, when he is reasoning, that his picture is an artifice; but when he is painting, he should feel that he…
Quote by Henri Matisse
Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds...
In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be...
I would like to recapture that freshness of vision which is characteristic of extreme youth...
With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
Truly, I'm not joking when I thank my lucky stars for the awful operation I...
My curves are not crazy.
Better late than never is poor consolation for the man who has lost the opportunity...
In love, the one who runs away is the winner.
I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.
Aren't you [Tahiti Lagoons] one of the seven wonders of the Paradise of painters?
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose,...
Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
A young woman has young claws, well sharpened. If she has character, that is. And...
Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that...
I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have a...
I made efforts to swallow tears and to protect the species of the Japanese nation.
Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort.
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and...
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
I distrust the incommunicable; it is the source of all violence