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.
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.
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.
One morning, one of us ran out of the black, it was the birth of Impressionism.
Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.
I like a painting which makes me want to stroll in it.
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.
One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity.
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.
Photography freed painting from a lot of tiresome chores, starting with family portraits.
Paint with joy - with the same joy that you would make love to a woman.
My concern has always been to paint nudes as if they were some splendid fruit.
The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
The modern architect is, generally speaking, art's greatest enemy.
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.
It's with my brush that I make love.
The ideas come afterwards, when the picture is finished.
to express himself well, the artist should be hidden... The trouble is that if an artist knows he has genius, he's done for. The only salvation is to work like a labourer, and not have delusions of grandeur.
People love to be nice, but you must give them the chance.
A painter who has the feel of breasts and buttocks is saved.
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.
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