Truth exists; only lies are invented.
Art is a wound turned into light.
Nature is a mere pretext for a decorative composition, plus sentiment. It suggests emotion, and I translate that emotion into art.
The painting is finished when the idea has disappeared.
There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.
Once an object has been incorporated in a picture it accepts a new destiny.
Art is meant to disturb. Science reassures.
With age, art and life become one.
Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas.
Art is polymorphic. A picture appears to each onlooker under a different guise.
Art upsets, science reasures.
In art there is only one thing that counts: the bit that cannot be explained.
Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry.
It is the unforeseeable that creates the event.
The function of Art is to disturb. Science reassures.
The starting point of a picture for any painter is a matter of colors and form...I believe that the poetry of art - if that is what one may call it - is a matter of animating these forms and colors.
One has to guard against a formula that is good for everything, that can interpret reality in addition to the other arts, and that rather than creating can only result in a style, or a stylization.
Art is made to trouble but science reassures.
To define a thing is to substitute the definition for the thing itself.
Limited means often constitute the charm and force of primitive painting. Extension, on the contrary, leads the arts to decadence.
To explain away the mystery of a great painting - if such a feat were possible - would do irreparable harm... If there is no mystery, then there is no poetry, the quality I value above all else in art.
Art disturbs, science reassures.
In art, progress lies not in an extension, but in a knowledge of limitations.
One day I noticed that I could go on working my art motif no matter what the weather might be. I no longer needed the sun, for I took my light everywhere with me.
Progress in art does not consist in reducing limitations, but in knowing them better.
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