Drawing is not what you see but what you must make others see.
I'm glad I haven't found my style yet. I'd be bored to death.
A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.
The true traveler never arrives.
You must aim high, not in what you are going to do at some future date, but in what you are going to make yourself do to-day. Otherwise, working is just a waste of time.
The fascinating thing, is not to show the source of light, but the effect of light.
Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.
Conversation in real life is full of half-finished sentences and overlapping talk. Why shouldn't painting be too?
If painting weren't so difficult, it wouldn't be fun.
Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
I feel as a horse must feel when the beautiful cup is given to the jockey.
People call me the painter of dancing girls. It has never occurred to them that my chief interest in dancers lies in rendering movement and painting pretty clothes.
The artist does not draw what he sees, but what he has to make others see.
An artist must approach his work in the spirit of the criminal about to commit a crime.
We were created to look at one another, weren't we?
No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters.
Muses work all day long and then at night get together and dance.
It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.
There is love, and there is work; and we have only one heart.
Truth is never ugly when one can find in it what one needs.
C'est vrai. Voilá quelqu'un qui sent comme moi. (It is true. There is someone who feels as I do).
Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.
Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.
Make a drawing. Start it all over again, trace it. Start it and trace it again.
If I could have had my own way, I would have confined myself to black and white.
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