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Quotes and sayings by the famous French Artist Henri Matisse
Born Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse - France - 31st of December, 1869 / Died - 3rd of November, 1954
Famous Henri Matisse paintings include "Odalisque with Raised Arms" "La Danse" "Blue Nudes" and "The Dessert: Harmony In Red".
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Henri Matisse Quotes


  • "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."
    Henri Matisse
  • "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."
    Henri Matisse
  • "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."
    Henri Matisse
  • "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."
    Henri Matisse
  • "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 the lover."
    Henri Matisse
  • "I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me."
    Henri Matisse
  • "Seek the strongest color effect possible.. the content is of no importance."
    Henri Matisse
  • "I am unable to make any distinction between the feeling I get from life and the way I translate that feeling into painting."
    Henri Matisse
  • "Creativity takes courage."
    Henri Matisse
  • "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."
    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."
    Henri Matisse
  • "Cezanne, you see, is a sort of God of painting."
    Henri Matisse
  • "Drawing with scissors: To cut to the quick in color reminds me of the direct cutting of sculptors."
    Henri Matisse

  • "A work of art must carry within itself its complete significance and impose that upon the beholder before he recognises the subject matter."
    Henri Matisse
  • "I have simply wished to assert the reasoned and independent feeling of my own individuality within a total knowledge of tradition."
    Henri Matisse
  • "Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul."
    Henri Matisse
  • "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."
    Henri Matisse
  • "Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence."
    Henri Matisse
  • "What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter."
    Henri Matisse
  • "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."
    Henri Matisse
  • "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."
    Henri Matisse
  • "A young painter who cannot liberate himself from the influence of past generations is digging his own grave."
    Henri Matisse
  • "After a half-century of hard work and reflection the wall is still there."
    Henri Matisse
  • "For my part I have never avoided the influence of others. I would have considered it cowardice and a lack of sincerity toward myself."
    Henri Matisse

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