One never paints violently enough.
Glory to that Homer of painting, to that father of warmth and enthusiasm... he really paints men.
The first virtue of a painting is to be a feast for the eyes.
Finishing a painting demands a heart of steel: everything requires a decision, and I find difficulties where I least expect them... It is at such moments that one fully realizes one's own weaknesses.
Painters who are not colorists produce illumination, not painting.
I have told myself a hundred times that painting - that is, the material thing called a painting - is no more than a pretext, the bridge between the mind of the painter and the mind of the spectator.
What is real for me are the illusions I create with my paintings. Everything else is quicksand.
One always has to spoil a picture a little bit, in order to finish it.
All painting worth its name, unless one is talking about black and white, must include the idea of color as one of its necessary supports, in the same way that it includes chiaroscuro, proportion, and perspective.
Remember the enemy of all painting is gray: a painting will almost always appear grayer than it is, on account of its oblique position under the light.
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