Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible.
Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don't know what to say about what I paint, really.
I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things; to suggest, not to impose, to leave always a slight touch of mystery in my paintings.
Painting is a source of endless pleasure, but also of great anguish.
One must always draw, draw with the eyes, when one cannot draw with a pencil.
If you speak of beauty, you are at once suspected of...kitsch.
Painting what I experience, translating what I feel, is a great liberation. But it is also work, self-examination, consciousness, criticism, struggle.
The best way to begin is to say: 'Balthus is a painter of whom nothing is known. And now let us have a look at the paintings'.
I refuse to confide and don't like it when people write about art.
I had only planned to strike the gong violently in order to somehow shake people up and make them more aware. I think I succeeded.
The craft of painting has virtually disappeared. There is hardly anyone left who really possesses it. For evidence one has only to look at the painters of this century.
I will always find even the worst paintings that attempt some kind of representation better than the best invented paintings.
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