Henri Matisse Quotes|
Quotes and sayings by the famous French Artist Henri Matisse
Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse - France - 31st of December, 1869 / Died - 3rd of November,
Famous Henri Matisse paintings include "Odalisque with Raised
Arms", "La Danse", "Blue Nudes", and "The Dessert:
Harmony In Red".
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Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
+ Drawing with scissors: To cut to the quick in
color reminds me of the direct cutting of sculptors.
+ A work of art must carry within itself its complete
significance and impose that upon the beholder
before he recognises the subject matter.
+ For my part I have never avoided the influence
of others. I would have considered it cowardice
and a lack of sincerity toward myself.
+ A rapid rendering of a landscape represents only
one moment of its existence. I prefer, by insisting
upon its essential character, to risk losing charm
in order to gain greater stability.
+ You study, you learn, but you guard the original
naiveté. It has to be within you, as desire
for drink is within the drunkard or love is within
+ Seek the strongest color effect possible.. the
content is of no importance.
+ After a half-century of hard work and reflection
the wall is still there.
+ Truth and reality in art do not arise until you
no longer understand what you are doing and are
capable of but nevertheless sense a power that grows
in proportion to your resistance.
+ I have simply wished to assert the reasoned and
independent feeling of my own individuality within
a total knowledge of tradition.
+ The portrait is one of the most curious art forms.
It demands special qualities in the artist, and
an almost total kinship with the model.
+ Cezanne, you see, is a sort of God of painting.
+ I have always tried to hide my own efforts and
wished my works to have the lightness and joyousness
of a springtime which never lets anyone suspect
the labours it cost.
+ I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion
it produces upon me.
+ I am unable to make any distinction between the
feeling I get from life and the way I translate
that feeling into painting.
+ An artist must possess Nature. He must identify
himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare
the mastery which will later enable him to express
himself in his own language.
+ A young painter who cannot liberate himself from
the influence of past generations is digging his
+ Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with
the advantage of permanence.
+ Creativity takes courage.
+ 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.
+ What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity
and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject
+ It is my dream to create an art which is filled
with balance, purity and calmness, freed from a
subject matter that is disconcerting or too attention-seeking.
In my paintings, I wish to create a spiritual remedy,
similar to a comfortable armchair which provides
rest from physical expectation for the spiritually
working, the businessman as well as the artist.
+ Do I believe in God? Yes, when I am working. When
I am submissive and modest, I feel myself to be
greatly helped by someone who causes me to do things
that exceed my capabilities. However, I cannot acknowledge
him because it is as if I were to find myself before
a conjuror whose sleight of hand eludes me.
+ . . I have always sought to be understood and,
while I was taken to task by critics or colleagues,
I thought they were right, assuming I had not been
clear enough to be understood. This assumption allowed
me to work my whole life without hatred and even
without bitterness toward criticism, regardless
of its source. I counted solely on the clarity of
expression of my work to gain my ends. Hatred, rancor,
and the spirit of vengeance are useless baggage
to the artist. His road is difficult enough for
him to cleanse his soul of everything which could
make it more so.