Henri Matisse

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Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

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.More Henri Matisse [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:00]
A young woman has young claws, well sharpened. If she has character, that is. And if she hasn't so much the worse for you.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:07]
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.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:12]
Creativity takes courage.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:25]
Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor's direct carving.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:34]
Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:45]
Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:54]
He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:06]
I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:12]
I don't know whether I believe in God or not. I think, really, I'm some sort of Buddhist. But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame of mind which is close to that of prayer.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:20]
I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:33]
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.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:37]
I wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:57]
I'm growing old, I delight in the past.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:10]
Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:15]
In love, the one who runs away is the winner.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:21]
Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that it will grow better.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:39]
It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:44]
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.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:50]
My curves are not crazy.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:12]
There are always flowers for those who want to see them.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:16]
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.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:29]
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.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:38]
With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.More Henri Matisse [07/22/2011 04:07:45]

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