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.
One morning, one of us ran out of the black, it was the birth of Impressionism.
Art is about emotion; if art needs to be explained it is no longer art.
When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then [the painting] is finished.
Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness.
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.
Regularity, order, desire for perfection destroy art. Irregularity is the basis of all art.
What seems most significant to me about our movement is that we have freed painting from the importance of the subject. I am at liberty to paint flowers and call them flowers, without their needing to tell a story.
The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.
One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity.
I consider that women who are authors, lawyers, and politicians are monsters.
I like a painting which makes me want to stroll in it.
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.
I need to feel the excitement of life stirring around me, and I will always need to feel that.
I want a red to be sonorous, to sound like a bell. If it doesn't turn out that way, I add more reds and other colors until I get it.
I look at a nude. There are myriads of tiny tints. I must find the ones that will make the flesh on my canvas live and quiver.
Paint with joy - with the same joy that you would make love to a woman.
Why should beauty be suspect?
The advantage of growing old is that you become aware of your mistakes more quickly.
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.
It's with my brush that I make love.
White does not exist in nature.
You don't talk about paintings, you look at them.
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