There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
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 matter - a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.
Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.
Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color - not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression.
Exactitude is not truth.
I would like to recapture that freshness of vision which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the world is new to it.
It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
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.
Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking on a tightrope.
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