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By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Matisse

Slowly I discovered the secret of my art. It consists of a meditation on nature, on the expression of a dream which is always inspired by reality. With more involvement and regularity, I learned to push each study in a certain direction. Little by little the notion that painting is a means of expression asserted itself, and that one can express the same thing in several ways. Exactitude is not truth, Delacroix liked to say.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Matisse

Truth and reality in art do not arise until you no longer understand what you are doing and are capable of but nevertheless sense a power that grows in proportion to your resistance.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Henri Matisse

Don't wait for inspiration. It comes while working.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

If drawing belongs to the world of spirit and color to that of the senses, you must draw first to cultivate the spirit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

In art, truth and reality begin when one no longer understands what one is doing or what one knows, and when there remains an energy that is all the stronger for being constrained, controlled and compressed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Matisse

My models, my human figures, are never like extras in an interior. They are the main theme of my work. I depend absolutely on my model.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Matisse

Much of the beauty that arises in art comes from the struggle an artist wages with his limited medium.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Matisse

My choice of colors does not rest on any scientific theory; it is based on observation, on feeling, on the experience of my sensibility. Inspired by certain pages of Delacroix, an artist like Signac is preoccupied with complementary colors, and the theoretical knowledge of them will lead him to use a certain tone in a certain place. But I simply try to put down colors which render my sensation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Matisse

The portrait is one of the most curious art forms. It demands special qualities in the artist, and an almost total kinship with the model.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

Composition is the art of arranging in a decorative manner the various elements which the painter uses to express his sentiments. In a picture every separate part will be visible and... everything which has no utility in the picture is for that reason harmful.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

A picture must possess a real power to generate light and for a long time now I've been conscious of expressing myself through light or rather in light.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

Expression is not a matter of passion mirrored on the human face or revealed by a violent gesture. When I paint a picture, its every detail is expressive.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

Cezanne, you see, is a sort of God of painting.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

I never retouch a sketch: I take a canvas the same size, as I may change the composition somewhat. But I always strive to give the same feeling, while carrying it on further.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Matisse

Photographs will always be impressive because they show us nature, and all artists will find in them a world of sensations. The photographer must therefore intervene as little as possible, so as not to cause photography to lose the objective charm which it naturally possesses, notwithstanding its defects.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Matisse

You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Matisse

The use of expressive colors is felt to be one of the basic elements of the modern mentality, an historical necessity, beyond choice.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

Another word for creativity is courage.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

An artist must not feel under any constraint.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Matisse

There are flowers everywhere, for those who bother to look.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Matisse

I wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Matisse

You must forget all your theories, all your ideas before the subject. What part of these is really your own will be expressed in your expression of the emotion awakened in you by the subject.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

All that is not useful in a picture is detrimental. A work of art must be harmonious in its entirety; for superfluous details would, in the mind of the beholder, encroach upon the essential elements.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Matisse

With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Matisse

Put a colour upon a canvas - it not only colours with that colour the part of the canvas to which the colour has been applied, but it also colours the surrounding space with the complementary.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

I counted solely on the clarity of expression of my work to gain my ends.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

Cutting straight into color reminds me of the direct carving of the sculptor.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

A rapid rendering of a landscape represents only one moment of its existence. I prefer, by insisting upon its essential character, to risk losing charm in order to gain greater stability.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

A certain blue enters your soul. A certain red has an effect on your blood-pressure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

I shan't get free of my emotion by copying the tree faithfully, or by drawing its leaves one by one in the common language, but only after identifying myself with it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

If it is practiced by a man of taste, the photograph will have the appearance of art (but) the photographer must...intervene as little as possible, so as not to lose the objective charm which it naturally possesses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Matisse

One gets into a state of creativity by conscious work.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Matisse

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter - a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Matisse

Love wants to rise, not to be held down by anything base... He who loves flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back. Derive happiness from yourself, from a good day's work, from the clearing that it makes in the fog that surrounds us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

Color, even more than drawing, is a means of liberation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Matisse

The essential thing is to spring forth, to express the bolt of lightning one senses upon contact with a thing. The function of the artist is not to translate an observation but to express the shock of the object on his nature; the shock, with the original reaction.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Matisse

With greater completeness and abstraction, I have attained a form filtered to its essentials.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

Expression for me does not reside in passions glowing in a human face or manifested by violent movement. The entire arrangement of my picture is expressive; the place occupied by my figures, the empty space around them, the proportions, everything has its share.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

I cannot copy nature in a servile way; I am forced to interpret nature and submit it to the spirit of the picture. From the relationship I have found in all the tones there must result a living harmony of colors, a harmony analogous to that of a musical composition.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Matisse

The residuum of another's expression can never be related to one's own feeling.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Matisse

The importance of an artist is to be measured by the quantity of new signs which he has introduced to the language of art.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Matisse

When a painting is finished, it's like a new born child, and the artist himself must have time for understanding. How then do you expect an amateur to understand that which the artist dos not yet comprehend.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

A colourist makes his presence known even in a simple charcoal drawing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

I'm growing old, I delight in the past.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

A new painting is a unique event, a birth, which enriches the universe as it is grasped by the human mind, by bringing a new form into it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Matisse

My choice of colors does not rest on any scientific theory, it is based on observation, on feeling, on the experience of my sensibility.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Matisse

There are wonderful things in Jazz, the improvisation, the liveliness, the being at one with the audience.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Matisse

The artist has to look at life as he did when he was a child. If he loses that faculty, he cannot express himself in an original, that is, a personal way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Matisse

A painting in an interior spreads joy around it by the colors, which calm us.