Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
Cover the canvas at the first go, then work at it until you see nothing more to add.
I remember that, although I was full of fervour, I didn't have the slightest inkling, even at forty, of the deeper side to the movement we were pursuing by instinct. It was in the air!
Don't be afraid in nature: one must be bold, at the risk of having been deceived and making mistakes.
Everything is beautiful, all that matters is to be able to interpret.
It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character.
Paint the essential character of things.
God takes care of imbeciles, little children and artists.
When you do a thing with your whole soul and everything that is noble within you, you always find your counterpart.
I sometimes have a horrible fear of turning up a canvas of mine. I'm always afraid of finding a monster in place of the precious jewels I thought I had put there!
I began to understand my sensations, to know what I wanted, at around the age of forty - but only vaguely.
It is absurd to look for perfection.
I regard it as a waste of time to think only of selling: one forgets one's art and exaggerates one's value.
Work at the same time on sky, water, branches, ground, keeping everything going on an equal basis... Don't be afraid of putting on colour... Paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression.
At fifty, that is in 1880, I formulated the idea of unity, without being able to render it. At sixty, I am beginning to see the possibility of rendering it.
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