Find the best quotes by Henri Matisse.
You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or…
I don’t know whether I believe in God or not. I think, really, I’m some sort of Buddhist. But the essential thing is to put…
It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
I have been no more than a medium, as it were.
I’m growing old, I delight in the past.
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…
I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.
I wouldn’t mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.
Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I’ve been conscious of expressing myself through light or…
In love, the one who runs away is the winner.
My curves are not crazy.
Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor’s direct carving.
Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that it will grow better.
Work cures everything.
Time extracts various values from a painter’s work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has to give,…
It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color – not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means…
I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have a light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the…
With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
Exactitude is not truth.
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