Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
I do not seek, I find.
The chief enemy of creativity is good taste.
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
Category: Critics And Criticism
If everybody is looking for it, then nobody is finding it. If we were cultured, we would not be conscious of lacking culture. We would regard it as something natural and would not make so much fuss about it. And if we knew the real value of this word we would be cultured enough not to give it so much importance.
One does a whole painting for one peach and people think just the opposite -- that particular peach is but a detail.
Disciples be damned. It's not interesting. It's only the masters that matter. Those who create.
Matisse makes a drawing, then he makes a copy of it. He recopies it five times, ten times, always clarifying the line. He's convinced that the last, the most stripped down, is the best, the purest, the definitive one; and in fact, most of the time, it was the first. In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt.
What is a face, really? Its own photo? Its make-up? Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter? That which is in front? Inside? Behind? And the rest? Doesn't everyone look at himself in his own particular way? Deformations simply do not exist.
Now there is fame! Of all -- hunger, misery, the incomprehension by the public -- fame is by far the worst. It is the castigation of God by the artist. It is sad. It is true.
Drink to me.
Category: Famous Last Words
I who have been involved with all styles of painting can assure you that the only things that fluctuate are the waves of fashion which carry the snobs and speculators; the number of true connoisseurs remains more or less the same.
It is personality with a penny's worth of talent. Error which chances to rise above the commonplace.