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All Quotes by author - Henri Matisse
" An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" A young woman has young claws, well sharpened. If she has character, that is. And if she hasn't so much the worse for you. "
" Creativity takes courage. "
" Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor's direct carving. "
" Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us. "
" Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence. "
" Exactitude is not truth. "
" He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back. "
" I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me. "
" I don't know whether I believe in God or not. I think, really, I'm some sort of Buddhist. But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame of mind which is close to that of prayer. "
" I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things. "
" I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have a light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me. "
" I have been no more than a medium, as it were. "
" I'm growing old, I delight in the past. "
" Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul. "
" In love, the one who runs away is the winner. "
" Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that it will grow better. "
" In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking on a tightrope. "
" It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else. "
" It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color - not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression. "
" I would like to recapture that freshness of vision which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the world is new to it. "
" I wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish. "
" Jazz is rhythm and meaning. "
" My curves are not crazy. "
" There are always flowers for those who want to see them. "
" There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. "
" Time extracts various values from a painter's work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is. "
" 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. "
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