Art is about emotion; if art needs to be explained it is no longer art.
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.
The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity.
One morning, one of us ran out of the black, it was the birth of Impressionism.
I would never have taken up painting if women did not have breasts.
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.
Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness.
There are some things in painting which cannot be explained, and that something is essential.
Nothing costs so little, goes so far, and accomplishes so much as a single act of merciful service.
I like a painting which makes me want to stroll in it.
When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then [the painting] is finished.
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.
Photography freed painting from a lot of tiresome chores, starting with family portraits.
There are two indices of genuine art: it is inimitable and it is ineffable.
The advantage of growing old is that you become aware of your mistakes more quickly.
An artist must eat sparingly and give up a normal way of life.
Shall I tell you what I think are the two qualities of a work of art? First, it must be indescribable, and second, it must be inimitable.
There isn't a single person or landscape or subject which doesn't possess some interest, although it may not be immediately apparent. When a painter discovers this hidden treasure, other people are immediately struck by its beauty.
I need to feel the excitement of life stirring around me, and I will always need to feel that.
Everybody has their reasons.
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.
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.
With all their damned talk of modern painting, I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colours is black!
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