Talk:Henri Matisse

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  • A young painter who cannot liberate himself from the influence of past generations is digging his own grave.
  • As I create these colored cutouts, it seems to me that I advance joyfully to meet whatever awaits. I do not believe I have ever experienced such peace and harmony as in making these cutout papers.
  • I do not literally paint the table, but the emotion it produces on me...
  • I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
  • In modern art, it is undoubtedly to Cezanne that I owe the most.
  • Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that it will grow better.
  • Seek the strongest Color effect possible... the content is of no importance.
  • The artist has but one idea. He is born with it and spends a lifetime developing it and making it breathe. I basically work without theory. I am aware only of the forces I use, and I move along the course of the picture's creation, pushed by an idea that I come to know only gradually as it develops.
  • 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.
  • We must see all life as if we were children.
  • Without passion there is no art.
  • The artist only sees old truths in a new light,because there are no new truths.
  • What I dream of is an art of balance,of purity and serenity.
  • Composition is the art of arranging in a decorative manner the various elements at the painter's disposal for the expression of his feelings.
  • There is discontinuity between my former paintings and my cut-outs,only with more absloluteness and more abstraction.
  • I had this dance in me for a long time,and I had to put it into La joie de vivre. It was like a rhythm within me that carried me along.
  • A pair of scissors is a ... wonderful instrument ... an occupation I can lose myself in ... my pleasure in cutting things out grows ever greater. Why didn't I think of it before.