Facts about Henri Matisse

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Henri Matisse was a famous Artist from France, who lived between December 31, 1869 and November 3, 1954. He/she became 84 years old.

Our collection contains 33 quotes who is written / told by Henri, under the main topic Nature.

Related authors: Gustave Moreau

Famous quotes by Henri Matisse (33)


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"Jazz is rhythm and meaning"
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"Instinct must be thwarted just as one prunes the branches of a tree so that it will grow better"
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"I'm growing old, I delight in the past"
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"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"
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"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"
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"My curves are not crazy"
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"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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"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"
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"There are always flowers for those who want to see them"
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"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"
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"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"
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"He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back"
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"You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover"
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"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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"I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things"
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"Exactitude is not truth"
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"Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us"
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"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"
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"Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul"
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"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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"Creativity takes courage"
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"It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else"
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"In love, the one who runs away is the winner"
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"I wouldn't mind turning into a vermilion goldfish"
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"I have been no more than a medium, as it were"
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"I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me"
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"Cutting into color reminds me of the sculptor's direct carving"
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"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"
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"Work cures everything"
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"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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"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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"There are always flowers for those who want to see them"
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"Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence"


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