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.
Paint with joy - with the same joy that you would make love to a woman.
It's with my brush that I make love.
I like a painting which makes me want to stroll in it.
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.
Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.
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.
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.
The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
One morning, one of us ran out of the black, it was the birth of Impressionism.
Photography freed painting from a lot of tiresome chores, starting with family portraits.
If the professional schools should succeed in producing skilled workers trained in the technique of their craft, nothing could be done with them if they had no ideal.
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.
One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity.
I need to feel the excitement of life stirring around me, and I will always need to feel that.
White does not exist in nature.
An artist must eat sparingly and give up a normal way of life.
Be a good craftsman; it won't stop you from being a genius.
The simplest subjects are the immortal ones.
God, the king of artists, was clumsy.
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