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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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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
- "I do not literally
paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me."
- "Seek the strongest
color effect possible.. the content is of no importance."
- "I am unable to
make any distinction between the feeling I get from life and the
way I translate that feeling into painting."
- "Creativity takes
- "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."
- "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."
you see, is a sort of God of painting."
- "Drawing with scissors:
To cut to the quick in color reminds me of the direct cutting of
- "A work of art must
carry within itself its complete significance and impose that upon
the beholder before he recognises the subject matter."
- "I have simply wished
to assert the reasoned and independent feeling of my own individuality
within a total knowledge of tradition."
- "Impressionism is
the newspaper of the soul."
- "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."
- "Drawing is like
making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence."
- "What I dream of
is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling
or depressing subject matter."
- "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."
- "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
- "A young painter
who cannot liberate himself from the influence of past generations
is digging his own grave."
- "After a half-century
of hard work and reflection the wall is still there."
- "For my part I have
never avoided the influence of others. I would have considered it
cowardice and a lack of sincerity toward myself."