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.
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.
Nothing costs so little, goes so far, and accomplishes so much as a single act of merciful service.
When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then [the painting] is finished.
Regularity, order, desire for perfection destroy art. Irregularity is the basis of all art.
Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.
Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness.
I would never have taken up painting if women did not have breasts.
The only reward one should offer an artist is to buy his work.
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.
There are some things in painting which cannot be explained, and that something is essential.
Photography freed painting from a lot of tiresome chores, starting with family portraits.
I've never let one day go by without painting, or at least without drawing.
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.
The advantage of growing old is that you become aware of your mistakes more quickly.
There are two indices of genuine art: it is inimitable and it is ineffable.
I like a painting which makes me want to stroll in it.
The simplest subjects are the immortal ones.
Be a good craftsman; it won't stop you from being a genius.
"The work of art must seize upon you...carry you away."
I want a red to be sonorous, to sound like a bell. If it doesn't turn out that way, I add more reds and other colors until I get it.
I need to feel the excitement of life stirring around me, and I will always need to feel that.
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