Henri Matisse Quotes

Most popular Henri Matisse Quotes

Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.
A painter has really no serious enemies like his bad paintings.

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I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
— Henri Matisse

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I want to reach that condensation of sensations that constitutes a picture.
— Henri Matisse

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Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
— Henri Matisse
Art should be something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue.
— Henri Matisse

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What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter.
— Henri Matisse
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has to first forget all the roses that were ever painted.
— Henri Matisse
There is an inherent truth which must be disengaged from the outward appearance of the object to be represented. This is the only truth that matters. Exactitude is not truth.
— Henri Matisse

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In art, truth and reality begin when one no longer understands what one is doing or what one knows, and when there remains an energy that is all the stronger for being constrained, controlled and compressed.