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.
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.
When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then [the painting] is finished.
One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity.
Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness.
The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.
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 consider that women who are authors, lawyers, and politicians are monsters.
Photography freed painting from a lot of tiresome chores, starting with family portraits.
I like a painting which makes me want to stroll in it.
I need to feel the excitement of life stirring around me, and I will always need to feel that.
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.
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.
Paint with joy - with the same joy that you would make love to a woman.
It's with my brush that I make love.
The advantage of growing old is that you become aware of your mistakes more quickly.
White does not exist in nature.
The simplest subjects are the immortal ones.
The modern architect is, generally speaking, art's greatest enemy.
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.
People love to be nice, but you must give them the chance.
We are in a period of searchers rather than of creators.
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