66 Total Quotes

Henri Matisse Quotes

There are wonderful things in real jazz, the talent for improvisation, the liveliness, the being at one with the audience.
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#Jazz

Drawing is putting a line (a)round an idea.
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#Drawing

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.
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#French Artist #Art

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
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#Advantage #French Artist

Jazz is rhythm and meaning.
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#French Artist #Jazz

My curves are not crazy.
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#French Artist

Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that it will grow better.
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#French Artist #Instinct

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.
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#French Artist

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 of a tightrope.
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#Beginning

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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#French Artist #Art

With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
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#French Artist #Energy

Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor's direct carving.
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#French Artist

It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.
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#French Artist #Art

I would like to recapture that freshness of vision which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the world is new to it.
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#French Artist

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 t
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#Choice

Creativity takes courage.
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#Courage #French Artist

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.
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#French Artist #Creativity

In love, the one who runs away is the winner.
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#Love #French Artist

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