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Henri Matisse Quotes

Time extracts various values from a painters 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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For whether we want to or not, we belong to our time and we share in its opinions, its feelings, even its delusions.

— Henri Matisse

I do not distinguish between the construction of a book and that of a
painting and I always proceed from the simple to the complex. - 1946

— Henri Matisse

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.

— Henri Matisse

Work cures everything.

— Henri Matisse

A young painter who cannot liberate himself from the influence of past generations is digging his own grave.

— Henri Matisse

When I paint green, it doesn't mean grass; when I paint blue, it doesn't mean sky.

— Henri Matisse

When an artist or student draws a nude figure with painstaking care, the result is drawing, and not emotion.

— Henri Matisse

Color exists in itself, possessing its own beauty.

— Henri Matisse

Much of the beauty that arises in art comes from the struggle an artist wages with his limited medium.

— Henri Matisse

A work should contain its total meaning within itself and should impress it on the spectator before he even knows the subject.

— Henri Matisse

I am curious about color as one would be visiting a new country, because I have never concentrated so closely on color expression. Up to now I have waited at the gates of the temple.

— Henri Matisse

I have to create an object which resembles the tree. The sign for a tree, and not the sign that other artists may have found for the tree.

— Henri Matisse

Precision is not reality

— Henri Matisse

Art is an escape from reality.

— Henri Matisse

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