+ If one paints someone's portrait, one should
not know him if possible. No knowledge. I do not
want to know him at all. I want only to see what
is there, the outside. The inner follows by itself.
It is mirrored in the visible.
+ I'm such a realist, you know, that I have to
see everything with my own eyes in order to confirm
that it's like that. I have to experience all
the ghastly, bottomless depths for life for myself..
it's for that reason that I went to war, and for
that reason I volunteered.
+ Everybody thinks they know what art should be.
But very few of them have the sense that is necessary
to experience painting, that is the sense of sight,
that sees colours and forms as living reality
in the picture.
+ It's all the same to me. I must keep the first
impression fresh. If it is lost, I must find it
+ The reason for doing it is the desire to create.
I've got to do it!
+ The first impression is the right one. Once
I have finished his picture, I can perhaps revise
my impression and say, he really isn't such a
beast as it seemed.