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.
Quote by Henri Matisse
Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that...
In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be...
The best way to kill time is to work it to death
Creativity takes courage.
Truly, I'm not joking when I thank my lucky stars for the awful operation I...
Time extracts various values from a painter's work. When these values are exhausted the pictures...
A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time...
I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have a...
Exactitude is not truth.
He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back.
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose,...
It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color -...
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?
Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
I have been no more than a medium, as it were.
I did my sculpture as a painter. I did not work as a sculptor.
I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
Well, youth is the period of assumed personalities and disguises. It is the time of...
All my life as an artist I have asked myself: What pushes me continually to...