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.
Nothing costs so little, goes so far, and accomplishes so much as a single act of merciful service.
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.
I would never have taken up painting if women did not have breasts.
Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness.
When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then [the painting] is finished.
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.
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 like a painting which makes me want to stroll in it.
The only reward one should offer an artist is to buy his work.
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 never think I have finished a nude until I think I could pinch it.
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.
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.
An artist must eat sparingly and give up a normal way of life.
I consider that women who are authors, lawyers, and politicians are monsters.
It's with my brush that I make love.
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