To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.
Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness.
One morning, one of us ran out of the black, it was the birth of Impressionism.
Regularity, order, desire for perfection destroy art. Irregularity is the basis of all art.
The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself, carry you away. It is the means by which the artist conveys his passion; it is the current which he puts forth which sweeps you along in his passion.
I like a painting which makes me want to stroll in it.
When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then [the painting] is finished.
Art is about emotion; if art needs to be explained it is no longer art.
Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.
The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
Photography freed painting from a lot of tiresome chores, starting with family portraits.
If you paint the leaf on a tree without using a model, your imagination will only supply you with a few leaves; but Nature offers you millions, all on the same tree. No two leaves are exactly the same. The artist who paints only what is in his mind must very soon repeat himself.
One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity.
Go and see what others have produced, but never copy anything except nature. You would be trying to enter into a temperament that is not yours and nothing that you would do would have any character.
I consider that women who are authors, lawyers, and politicians are monsters.
The advantage of growing old is that you become aware of your mistakes more quickly.
Paint with joy - with the same joy that you would make love to a woman.
I need to feel the excitement of life stirring around me, and I will always need to feel that.
The modern architect is, generally speaking, art's greatest enemy.
People love to be nice, but you must give them the chance.
It's with my brush that I make love.
A painter who has the feel of breasts and buttocks is saved.
I would never have taken up painting if women did not have breasts.
My concern has always been to paint nudes as if they were some splendid fruit.
What is to be done about these literary people, who will never understand that painting is a craft and that the material side comes first? The ideas come afterwards, when the picture is finished.
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