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.
I consider that women who are authors, lawyers, and politicians are monsters.
I like a painting which makes me want to stroll in it.
Paint with joy - with the same joy that you would make love to a woman.
Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.
Photography freed painting from a lot of tiresome chores, starting with family portraits.
Art is about emotion; if art needs to be explained it is no longer art.
It's with my brush that I make love.
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.
When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then [the painting] is finished.
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.
People love to be nice, but you must give them the chance.
The advantage of growing old is that you become aware of your mistakes more quickly.
I need to feel the excitement of life stirring around me, and I will always need to feel that.
The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
One morning, one of us ran out of the black, it was the birth of Impressionism.
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.
White does not exist in nature.
Be a good craftsman; it won't stop you from being a genius.
An artist must eat sparingly and give up a normal way of life.
God, the king of artists, was clumsy.
I never think I have finished a nude until I think I could pinch it.
The simplest subjects are the immortal ones.
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