Henri Matisse “Quotes” | French Modern Artist (1869-1954)

June 4, 2009

Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.

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.

Seek the strongest color effect possible. The content is of no importance.

After a half-century of hard work and reflection the wall is still there.

I have always tried to hide my own efforts and wished my works to have the lightness and joyousness of a springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labours it cost.

I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.

I am unable to make any distinction between the feeling I get from life and the way I translate that feeling into painting.

An artist must possess nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language.

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.

I have simply wished to assert the reasoned and independent feeling of my own individuality within a total knowledge of tradition.

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.

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter.

Creativity takes courage.

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